CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Oct. 19, 2005 - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has supplied a suite of bridge electronics for two new megayachts being built at Benetti shipyards in Italy.

The equipment was delivered by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit, through its megayacht center of excellence based in Hamburg, Germany. The two new vessels are the 45-meter composite motoryacht MY Idyllwild and 63-meter steel motoryacht FB 233. Idyllwild (hull number BV005) is being fitted with a gyrocompass, high-speed autopilot, steering system, magnetic compass and indicators and repeaters. The equipment list for FB 233 includes a fiber-optic gyrocompass, speed log, steering system and other components.

Benetti, part of the Azimut-Benetti group, is the leading European builder of megayachts. In its 35-year history, the Azimut-Benetti group has built more than 10,000 pleasure vessels between 9- and 70-meters out of fiberglass and steel, with exports going to 45 different countries.

Sperry Marine, through its C.Plath legacy brand products, is one of the premier suppliers of gyrocompasses, autopilots and other bridge electronics for the international megayacht market.

Sperry Marine, with worldwide headquarters in Charlottesville, Va., and major engineering and support offices in Melville, N.Y., New Malden, U.K., and Hamburg, Germany, is part of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. Sperry Marine provides smart navigation and ship-control solutions for the international marine industry with customer service and support through offices in 16 countries, sales representatives in 47 countries and authorized service depots in more than 250 locations worldwide.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense and commercial electronic systems including airborne radar, navigation systems, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace management systems, communications systems, space sensors, marine and naval systems, government systems and logistics services.

For commercial sales inquiries, contact Sperry Marine by phone, +1 434 974 2656 or by e-mail, For military sales inquiries call, +1 434 974 2134 or by e-mail, Visit our web site at .

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