BALTIMORE, June 19, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has taken delivery of the first two sets of receiver exciter modules for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program.

The common bus interface and slave synchronizer modules were produced by Terma A/S of Lystrup, Denmark, for the AN/APG-81 F-35 radar. They are the first increment of hardware to be delivered during the System Development and Demonstration phase of the program. Terma A/S will deliver the radar system's core interface, analog IF receiver and drain power supply components later this year.

"The support of our suppliers is critical to our company's ability to produce and deliver affordable, high-performance products," said Dave Bouchard, program director for F-35 Lightning II for Northrop Grumman.

Bouchard added that Terma's innovation and commitment to deliver a quality product on schedule play a substantial role in the success of the F-35 radar program.

Northrop Grumman develops the AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the F-35 Lightning II. The radar will enable the pilot to effectively engage air and ground targets at long range, while providing situational awareness for enhanced survivability.

As a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 global industry team, Northrop Grumman plays a critical role in the development and production of the weapons system. The company's contributions include: producing and integrating a major section of aircraft's structure; producing key radar subsystems; producing key avionics and communications subsystems; developing mission systems and mission-planning software; developing pilot and maintenance training systems; and developing logistic support hardware and software. The team also includes BAE Systems.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
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          Alleace Gibbs
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
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