MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 26, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) KC-30 Tanker team will generate economic activity nearing $80 million annually and create 1,000 new jobs in Arizona if the KC-30 Tanker aircraft is selected by the U.S. Air Force.

Northrop Grumman, EADS, and the KC-30 Tanker supply chain currently support 15,000 jobs statewide and generate a combined economic activity exceeding $4 billion annually.

Northrop Grumman and teammate EADS invest more than $250 million annually in Arizona, while KC-30 supplier companies inject more than $1 billion into the economy each year. Northrop Grumman's current workforce in Arizona represents more than $60 million in annual wages.

Northrop Grumman's KC-30 Tanker supply base in Arizona will include:

  -- Goodrich Corporation; Phoenix
 -- Honeywell; Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, Ariz.
 -- L3 Communications; Phoenix
 -- American Aerospace Tech Castings; Phoenix
 -- Intec EDM; Tempe, Ariz.
 -- Parker Seal - CSS Division; Tempe, Ariz.

The KC-30 Tanker aircraft will be assembled in Mobile, Ala., and the KC-30 team will employ 25,000 American workers at 230 U.S. companies. It will be built by a world-class industrial team led by Northrop Grumman, and includes EADS North America, General Electric Aviation and Sargent Fletcher.

About the KC-30: Northrop Grumman's KC-30 Tanker carries 45,000 more pounds of fuel than a KC-135 or any competitor, providing a significant boost to the U.S. Air Force's global reach. The KC-30 is also designed to refuel Navy and coalition aircraft, and to serve as a multi-role transport aircraft to move passengers, cargo and medical evacuation patients. The KC-30 incorporates defense systems, precision fly-by-wire technology, and the ability to integrate a communications suite and a global support network.

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:  Randy Belote
          Northrop Grumman Corporation
          (703) 875-8525

          Tim Paynter
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
          (321) 961-1101