CLEARFIELD, Utah, Dec. 3, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) issued this statement about the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's published intent to combine contracts for two elements of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system.

"We commend the Missile Defense Agency for its wise decision to combine both the Development contract, and the Operations and Sustainment contract, into one contract for GMD. Northrop Grumman is well-suited to support this large-scale, major weapon system. We reaffirm our interest in competing for the single contract as announced recently by MDA," said John Clay, vice president of Missile Systems for the company's Aerospace Systems sector.

He noted the company will review the draft request for proposals when issued early next year and respond accordingly.

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