HERNDON, Va., July 29, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was selected by Kaman Aerospace International to develop a critical component of the Integrated Tactical Avionics System (ITAS) that will allow the Royal Australian Navy Super Seasprite SH-2G(A) helicopter to perform its multi-mission role.

The ITAS capabilities include real-time combat information management, real-time mission planning with coupled navigation, and real-time fusion of information from the SH-2G(A)'s vast sensor and communications suite. The helicopter uses advanced "glass cockpit" avionics systems, which provide information on computer displays that give crew members complete and up-to-the-moment awareness of the tactical situation.

Northrop Grumman estimates the value of the ITAS contract at more than $14 million to its Information Technology (IT) sector.

"The award of this contract recognizes our emerging position as a leader in providing the next generation of real-time combat information management systems," said Mike Twyman, director of Communication and Information Systems, Northrop Grumman Information Technology. "Our business pipeline for our integrated solution to delivering knowledge superiority to the flight crew is rapidly growing."

Northrop Grumman Information Technology is responsible for design, development and acceptance testing of combat information and coupled navigation subsystem software for the color multifunction display and mission data processor. This includes a Tactical Data Management System, which correlates data from the SH-2G(A) sensors and data link contacts and processes requests and commands from the operator. A Data Link Management System controls message exchange so that the SH-2G(A) can participate in operations with the United States and other allied nations. The tactical navigation component helps navigate the helicopter, enabling the SH-2G(A) to automatically fly selected routes.

The ITAS is the second major development contract that Northrop Grumman IT has won for the SH-2G(A) program. In December 2001, the company completed a successful contract with Kaman to provide an advanced tactical data link for the helicopter.

Work on this contract is being performed at Northrop Grumman IT in San Diego, Calif.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced information technology solutions, engineer, and business services for government and commercial clients. Headquartered in Herndon, Va., the company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation: base and range support; signals intelligence; space systems; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

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