HERNDON, Va., March 7, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) task order to provide secure wireless LAN capability to the U.S. Army Program Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, Fort Monmouth, N.J.

The task order will provide Type 1 secure wireless networking capability to hundreds of vehicles and aircraft. This capability offers mobility, flexibility and responsiveness to battlefield command vehicles. With secure command and control on the move for tactical operations centers, the Army gains additional tactical mobility and continuous communications during center setup and tear-down.

"One of our strengths is our ability to stay compliant with established and emerging technical standards," said Mack Brewer, program manager, Northrop Grumman Information Technology. "This award yields significant cost savings to the Army because so many current products and applications can be used."

Made through the GSA's Millennia contract, the award has an initial value of $8.9 million to Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector. The nine-year award, one base year plus eight one-year options, has a cumulative potential value of $83.4 million, if all options are exercised.

Current plans call for the Interim Brigade Combat Team and the First Digital Corps to initially receive this capability. The Northrop Grumman team will provide end-to-end support of the product through hardened integration of commercial-off-the-shelf products, technical manuals, vehicle installation and training.

Northrop Grumman's team includes General Dynamics Decision Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Carley Corp., Orlando, Fla. General Dynamics Decision Systems will provide the engineering and design of the wireless communications systems. Carley Corp. will create training products.

Work on the program will be performed primarily in Scottsdale, Ariz., Lakewood, Wash., and San Diego, Calif., with aircraft installations of the system taking place at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology is a premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. Headquartered in Herndon, the company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; space systems; health informatics; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

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