BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Amherst Systems business unit, teamed with Modern Technologies Corporation (MTC) of Dayton, Ohio, has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to develop and produce a new multifunctional threat simulator that will emulate "real world" electronic warfare hostile environments.

The Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) development program with preproduction and production options is estimated at potentially $400 million over the next 10 years. The JTE is a high-fidelity, full-power threat simulator that is capable of generating radar signals associated with threat systems. The system will better enable aircrews to train in modern war environments.

The initial deployment of JTE will complement existing simulators at a number of existing ranges. Over the 10-year production timeframe, however, the system will replace most existing simulators, reducing operating costs and providing multifunctional capabilities.

"The JTE system represents the culmination of a number of years of effort on the part of Amherst Systems," said Ed Eberl, president of Amherst Systems, a unit of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. "The combined resources of Northrop Grumman in the areas of threat simulation and radar technology make this a unique product to support the training of our aircrews."

MTC, headquartered in Dayton, will serve as the program prime contractor and will bring its extensive logistics support experience to the JTE program. Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems will have the responsibility for the design, development and production of the JTE threat simulator.

Based in Buffalo, N.Y., Amherst Systems is involved in the design, development and manufacture and support of electronic warfare simulation, test and training systems. It is a component of the company's Baltimore, Md.-based Electronic Systems sector, a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense electronics systems including airborne radar systems, navigation systems, electronic warfare systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, air defense systems, communications systems, space systems, marine systems, oceanic and naval systems, logistics systems and automation and information systems.

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