WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Oct. 17, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected by Air Asia to provide air-data inertial reference units for 100 new Airbus A320 aircraft.

A key benefit of the Northrop Grumman air-data inertial reference unit is AIME(tm), which provides enhanced navigation capabilities, allowing the aircraft to take off and land in adverse weather conditions and in areas with poor GPS reception. The inertial reference unit provides air data, altitude, air speed and angle of attack information, as well as inertial accelerations and attitudes to the aircraft flight-management systems, flight instruments and autopilot.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calif., Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division -- part of the company's Electronic Systems sector -- supplies situational-awareness products for international and domestic defense and commercial markets and offers integrated avionics, navigation and positioning systems and sensors for space and high-value platform products, navigation-grade and tactical-grade inertial systems, fiber-optic gyro systems designed to customer requirements, underwater fiber-optic sensors, identification friend-or-foe transponders and interrogators, cockpit displays and computers, and logistics support products and services.

  CONTACT:  Don Barteld
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (818) 712-6179