MELBOURNE, Fla., Oct. 11, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) KC-30 Tanker team will generate economic activity and create more than 2,300 direct and indirect jobs in Ohio if the KC-30 Tanker aircraft is selected by the U.S. Air Force.

Northrop Grumman, EADS, GE Aviation and the KC-30 supply chain in Ohio currently support 14,500 jobs statewide and generate a combined economic activity exceeding $13 billion annually.

"Ohio is not only home to GE Aviation, but also home to the KC-30 Tanker's CF6 engines," said Russ Sparks, vice president of military systems for GE Aviation, headquartered in Cincinnati. "The KC-30 supply chain in Ohio is vast and builds upon the rich heritage of aerospace excellence in our state. A KC-30 Tanker win benefits our Air Force, the state of Ohio and U.S. taxpayers."

Northrop Grumman and teammate EADS spend nearly $4 billion annually in Ohio, while KC-30 supplier companies inject more than $1 billion into the economy each year. Northrop Grumman's current workforce in Ohio earns more than $70 million annually.

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

  GE; Cincinnati - will provide the CF6 engines
 Goodrich; Troy, Ohio - nose wheel assemblies
 RTI International; Niles, Ohio - will provide titanium
 Barnes Aerospace; West Chester, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Byron Products; Fairfield, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Cincinnati Thermal Spray; Cincinnati - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Ferco Tech; Franklin, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 GE Shop - Frames & Shafts; Evendale, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 GE Shop - Tubes; Xenia, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Graphel Corporation; West Chester, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Metal Improvement Co.; Blue Ash, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Ohio Gasket & Shim; Akron, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Parker Aerospace; Forest, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 PCC - Airfoils Co.; Wickliffe, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 QC Labs; Woodlawn, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Tool Sales & Service; Cincinnati - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 TW Metals; Cincinnati - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 U.S. Aeroteam; Dayton, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 U.S. Chrome Corp.; Dayton, Ohio - CF6 engine sub-assemblies
 Honeywell; Urbana, Ohio - pilot director and marker lights
 Northrop Grumman; Fairborn, Ohio - will provide the training system
 

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
          randy.belote@ngc.com

          Tim Paynter
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
          (321) 961-1101
          tim.paynter@ngc.com