REDONDO BEACH, Calif., April 17, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today recognized the contributions of 71 suppliers that surpassed the company's high expectations by continuing to improve the quality of products and services they delivered in 2006.

Those companies were presented Gold Supplier awards by Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector at its annual Supplier Day conference in Long Beach, Calif. The day-long conference had a theme of "Trusted Supply Base -- Raising the Bar on Supplier Performance."

"The performance of our suppliers continues to improve every year. Once again we've raised the bar and tightened standards, including those set for ourselves. This distinguished group of suppliers demonstrated the ability to deliver products on schedule with the highest quality that will help ensure mission success to nationally and globally critical systems our U.S. government has entrusted us with," said Alexis Livanos, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector.

The sector's rigorous supplier rating program generates an ongoing assessment of supplier performance. At the end of each year, Gold suppliers are selected on the basis of a scorecard that rates each company's management, quality, technical, schedule and financial performance. Gold status places those honored in a select group of Northrop Grumman Space Technology suppliers, allowing them to form relationships with key members of the sector's management team, to gain insight into new project opportunities and to be exposed to Northrop Grumman Space Technology's best practices.

"Our dependence on and expectations for our key suppliers continue to grow -- both in terms of their share of our business and by virtue of our strategic sourcing initiatives," said Jim Myers, vice president of Payloads and Sensors. "Our 2007 Gold winners have demonstrated the kind of ongoing commitment to performance necessary to meet our standards and those set by our customers."

"Contract wins across Northrop Grumman set a record in 2006, resulting in the highest total backlog in the company's history," said John Daegele, vice president of Production and Supply Chain. "Performance exhibited by our Gold award recipients helps fuel current program performance, a key ingredient in winning new business, and growth remains a major strategic thrust for Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector in 2007."

Suppliers receiving Gold awards were:

  Actel Corporation                          Mountaint View, Calif.
 Aeroflex                                   Colorado Springs, Colo.
 Ald Landscape / Maintenance                Torrance, Calif.
 American Technical Ceramics                Huntington Station, N.Y.
 Analog Devices                             Greensboro, N.C.
 Anderson Greenwood Crosby                  Stafford, Texas
 APR Consulting, Inc.                       Diamond Bar, Calif.
 Aramark                                    Irvine, Calif.
 Arrow Zeus Electronics                     Foothill Ranch, Calif.
 ASRC Aerospace Corporation                 Greenbelt, Md.
 AT&T Government Solutions, Inc.            Vienna, Va.
 Atmospheric and Environmental              Lexington, Mass.
 BAE Systems                                Manassas, Va.
 C B Manufacturing & Engineering            Huntington Beach, Calif.
 Caraway & Cuckler Engineering              Culver City, Calif.
 CCS Presentation Systems                   Los Angeles
 Chemical Strategies                        Anthem, Ariz.
 Coast/ACM                                  Los Angeles
 Commercial Microwave Technology, Inc.      Rancho Cordova, Calif.
 Cooks Erectors, Inc.                       Lompoc, Calif.
 Cutting Edge Optronics                     St. Charles, Mo.
 Del Mar Associates                         Lake Ridge, Va.
 Equipment Management Technology            Las Vegas, Nev.
 Frequency Electronics                      Mitchell Field, N.Y.
 General Dynamics SatCom Technologies       Richardson, Texas
 Frontier Electronics Systems Corp          Stillwater, OK
 General Dynamics C4 Systems                Scottsdale, Ariz.
 Geologics                                  Valencia, Calif.
 Goodrich Corp.                             Danbury, Conn.
 H.C. Engineering, Ltd.                     York, United Kingdom
 Hasala Engineering, Inc.                   Gardena, Calif.
 Hilton Valve, Inc.                         Redmond, Wash.
 Hurlen                                     Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
 Hymatic Engineering Company, Ltd.          Redditch, United Kingdom
 IQE RF                                     Albuquerque, N.M.
 Jackson Aerospace                          Gardena, Calif.
 Lieder Development                         Ontario, Calif.
 Linear Technology                          Milpitas, Calif.
 M/A COM                                    Lowell, Mass.
 McMahan Business Interiors                 Irvine, Calif.
 Micro-Coax                                 Pottstown, Pa.
 Mini-Systems                               Attleboro, Mass.
 Orbital Network Engineering, Inc.          Cupertino, Calif.
 Praxair                                    Wilmington, Calif.
 Q-Tech                                     Culver City, Calif.
 Raytheon Intelligence & Information
  Systems                                   Aurora, Colo.
 Reid Products                              Apple Valley, Calif.
 SEAKR Engineering, Inc.                    Centennial, Colo.
 Sector Microwave Industries                Deer Park, N.Y.
 Software House                             Lexington, Mass.
 South Carolina Research Institute          Columbia, S.C.
 SRS Technologies                           Huntsville, Ala.
 Sunrise Technologies                       Folsom, Calif.
 Synoptics                                  Charlotte, N.C.
 TASC Technical Services                    Plaistow, N.H.
 Technology Advancements, Inc.              Playa del Rey, Calif.
 TESAT-Spacecom GMBH & Co. KG               Backnang, Germany
 Thiessen Machine                           Hawthorne, Calif.
 Unisource Solutions                        Pico Rivera, Calif.
 Universal Systems                          Placentia, Calif.
 Valley Design & Manufacturing              Moorpark, Calif.
 VCI                                        Torrance, Calif.
 Veolia Environmental                       Azusa, Calif.
 Vintage Painting                           Anaheim, Calif.
 W.W. Grainger                              Inglewood, Calif.
 W.L. Gore & Associates                     Pleinfeld, Del.
 WINTEC LLC                                 Irvine, Calif.
 Xcel Mechanical                            Gardena, Calif.
 Xerox                                      Woodland Hills, Calif.
 YLA                                        Benicia, Calif.
 Zachry Construction Corp.                  San Antonio, Texas

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Bob Bishop
          Northrop Grumman Space Technology
          Cell: 310-251-0261