RESTON, Va., Dec. 6, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently honored 11 small business suppliers for their outstanding performance and commitment to producing quality products and services.

Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector awarded those small companies that met the highest criteria for delivery, quality, cost and schedule management and customer satisfaction. Awardees include small, small-disadvantaged, women-owned, service-disabled and veteran-owned businesses and historically underutilized business zone companies.

The awardees recognized during a November celebration at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tysons Corner, Va., included: ADB Industries, Burbank, Calif.; Azbell Electronics, Fort Hood, Texas; Blackstone Technologies Group, Arlington, Va.; Cipher Systems, Crofton, Md.; DopplerTech Inc., Yuma, Ariz.; Force 3 Inc., Crofton, Md.; Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters Inc., Fountain Valley, Calif.; KNWebs Inc., Norman, Okla.; Schafer Corporation, Huntsville, Ala.; United Circuits Inc., Meridianville, Ala., and US Contracting Inc., Annapolis, Md.

"Northrop Grumman Mission Systems chose to honor these 11 small business suppliers out of a pool of 6,000 socio-economic suppliers because of their commitment to our success and the success of our customers," said Cynthia Hyland, vice president of contracting, pricing and procurement for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.

Tracey Pinson, U.S. Army director for the Office of Small Business Programs for the Secretary of the Army, was keynote speaker for the award ceremony. She spoke on the history of legislation governing small businesses and the important role laws play for small businesses.

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.

  CONTACT:  George I. Seffers
          Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
          (703) 345-8548