ISELIN, N.J., Feb. 27, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing the company's Patient Ventilation Oxygen Concentrating System (PVOCS) for military use.

PVOCS provides the military with the first commercial-off-the-shelf oxygen concentrator that can operate multiple anesthesia machines and patient ventilation devices simultaneously. Produced by Life Support, a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, PVOCS supplies oxygen (USP 93 percent) and medical grade air at 50psig in hospitals, surgical suites and other clinical settings in military facilities.

PVOCS is a rugged, reliable, lightweight and portable solution to the logistical problems associated with transport and use of oxygen cylinders and Patient Therapeutic Liquid Oxygen for the deployed military hospital.

Life Support, a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of air separation systems for military aircraft and medical applications, including oxygen concentrators, solid electrolytic membrane systems and miniature cryogenic coolers for advanced electro-optic systems.

Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, headquartered in Iselin, N.J., is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance electronic and optical components and materials to the telecommunications, networking, industrial, medical and military markets. Component Technologies includes Interconnect Technologies, Kester, Life Support, Poly-Scientific, Precision Products International, VEAM and Winchester Electronics.

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