HERNDON, Va., Nov. 29, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) the first unrestricted competitive solicitation task order under the Network Centric Solutions (NETCENTS) program for technical support for computer hardware and software updates and upgrades.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will provide SMARTnet(R) services, a comprehensive maintenance plan for Cisco hardware and software. It provides access to a wide array of maintenance services that facilitate rapid problem diagnosis and resolution to ensure the highest possible network availability.

The task order is valued at approximately $1 million over five years.

The Air Force NETCENTS program is a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract to provide information technology products and services.

Northrop Grumman's overall NETCENTS team includes 10 large business partners and 24 small-business partners. The company's large business partners include: Computer Sciences Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.; SAIC, San Diego; BearingPoint Inc. and RS Information Systems, Inc., McLean, Va.; Siemens AG, Munich, Germany; T-Systems, Frankfurt, Germany; Verizon Communications and AT&T, New York, N.Y.; Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas; and SI International, Inc., Reston, Va.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's technological leadership spans such areas as homeland security solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, IT and network infrastructure, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation, and geospatial intelligence solutions.

  CONTACT: 

Juli Ballesteros, APR
Northrop Grumman Information Technology
(703) 713-4675
juli.ballesteros@ngc.com