BALTIMORE, June 3, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Systems Development and Technology Division has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to investigate innovative concepts for lightweight, space-based, deployable radar antennas designed to address the tactical tracking of ground moving targets.

"The focus of the effort is to analyze various antenna designs and complete risk-reduction efforts to demonstrate the most stressing aspects of the design and technology," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Systems Development and Technology Division. "This strategic win will continue Northrop Grumman's efforts to mature the technology for a low-cost constellation of space-based radars to support the tactical requirements of U.S. deployed forces."

The $2.5 million, 12-month antenna technology study contract is being managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensors Directorate in Rome, N.Y., DARPA's Special Projects Office technical and program execution agent.

Key subcontractors to Northrop Grumman are TRW Inc., of Redondo Beach, Calif.; ILC Dover, of Dover, Del.; and Toyon Corporation, of San Diego.

Northrop Grumman's Systems Development and Technology Division is a component of the company's Baltimore, Md.-based Electronic Systems sector, a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense electronics and systems, including airborne radar, navigation systems, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace management systems, communications systems, space systems, marine systems, oceanic and naval systems, logistics systems, and automation and information systems.

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