SAN DIEGO, Oct. 21, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has selected Vektrex to develop a power interface for performing high-fidelity power testing on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter communications avionics.

Vektrex is the recipient of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The communications avionics are being developed by the Radio Systems business of Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector, under contract to Lockheed Martin. When fully developed, the system will enable over 35 communications, navigation and identification (CNI) functions for the F-35. Vektrex's technology will improve the power interface integrity of the F-35 CNI avionics to reduce risk to the flight-testing phase.

"We are pleased that the technology developed by Vektrex will play an important role in F-35 avionics testing," said Ken Fecteau, F-35 CNI program director, Northrop Grumman Space Technology. "This is an example of how innovations by small businesses enhance the products that we provide to our customers."

Northrop Grumman's CNI system utilizes software-defined radio technology to simultaneously support numerous capabilities such as various voice and data communications, automatic acquisition of fly-to points and friend-or-foe identification. The system can also dynamically reconfigure these functions to support priorities defined by missions. Using software-defined radio technology, Northrop Grumman's CNI system is a fraction of the size and weight of the single-function radios previously required to implement the same functions. This "smart-box" approach allows for increased performance, quicker deployment, higher availability, enhanced scalability and lower lifecycle cost.

Incorporated in 1986, Vektrex is a software- and systems-integration company supporting the test-and-measurement industry. Vektrex has key expertise with test instruments, instrument drivers and software-based measurements, and provides enabling products and services that help clients migrate to software-based measurements. The company is a woman-owned small business located in San Diego.

Northrop Grumman Space Technology is a leader in the development of space systems and payloads for environmental, space science, communications and military applications.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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