MELBOURNE, Fla., Sept. 26, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- The U.S. Air Force has selected a Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-led team for the next phase of competition to develop the Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) subsystem for the Air Force's new E-10A Multisensor Command and Control Aircraft.

The Northrop Grumman team will refine its proposed architecture for the BMC2 subsystem under the new six-month, $4 million award. A final down select for the BMC2 subsystem competition is expected in spring 2004.

"We're pleased to be partners with the Air Force in helping define this critical new battle management capability," said Scott J. Seymour, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of the company's Integrated Systems sector. "It will provide war fighters with decision-quality knowledge at the forward edge of the battlespace." The Northrop Grumman-led team is well positioned to develop the BMC2 subsystem, he added, because of its strong domain knowledge of the Air Force's command and control constellation and its industry-leading experience developing information management systems for critical defense and commercial applications.

The Northrop Grumman team, which is led by the company's Integrated Systems sector, includes four other Northrop Grumman operating sectors (Electronic Systems, Information Technology, Mission Systems and Space Technology), as well as Harris Corporation and General Dynamics. The team also includes Cisco Systems, Inc., Zel Technologies (ZelTech), Alphatech, Inc., L-3 Communication Systems -- West and L-3 Comcept.

The E-10A will provide the Air Force with next-generation cruise missile defense and airborne ground surveillance and targeting capabilities. As the operational "brain" of the E-10A, its BMC2 subsystem collects, integrates, exploits and distributes sensor data collected by the aircraft's Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program radar and other sensors throughout the overall command-and-control (C2) constellation. Commanders will use this knowledge to rapidly drive effects-based combat operations, with a strong focus on creating decision-quality information for identifying, tracking and targeting cruise missiles and ground-moving targets.

Northrop Grumman's BMC2 effort will incorporate lessons learned from analysis of Operation Iraqi Freedom on the importance of several factors critical to successful transformation including speed of command, shared awareness, dynamic employment, joint operations, intelligence preparation of the battlespace, battle damage assessment, and precision strike.

As the Northrop Grumman BMC2 team leader, Integrated Systems provides systems engineering, modeling and simulation, ground-moving target indicator (GMTI) exploitation, precision aimpoint generation and mission applications. Electronic Systems provides leadership in data fusion and exploitation. Information Technology provides airborne battle management, mission planning and computing infrastructure expertise, while Mission Systems leads the communications and network engineering task. Space Technology brings its expertise in military space systems and communications systems engineering to help ensure that the team's BMC2 solution leverages the capabilities and advantages of space-based assets.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems supports the team in the areas of security engineering, modeling and simulation, and human factors engineering. Harris Government Communications Systems Division brings proven government communications and imagery exploitation capabilities.

Cisco Systems is a worldwide leader in commercial networking, mobile networking information processing solutions, commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and expert in international computing standards. Oracle Corporation brings its leadership in database technology and expertise in managing critical information in a system-of-systems environment. Both of these companies bring industry-leading networking and database management expertise to the team.

ZelTech contributes its expertise in defense operations supporting military C2, time sensitive targeting, battle management, and intelligence operations. AlphaTech brings unique software and algorithm development expertise in the key areas of weapons/target pairing, GMTI tracking/exploitation and multi-intelligence fusion. L-3 Comcept provides cutting-edge, network-centric collaborative targeting and L-3 Communication Systems -- West provides multiplatform common datalink solutions.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., is a premier aerospace and defense systems integration enterprise with the capabilities to design, develop, produce and support fully missionized integrated systems and subsystems. Integrated Systems delivers best-value solutions, products and services in support of chosen segments within the broad market areas of battlespace awareness, command and control systems and integrated combat systems.

  CONTACT:  Jim Stratford
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
          (321) 726-7526
          jim.stratford@ngc.com 
 
          Linda Swan
          General Dynamics 
          (703) 277-1376
          Linda.swan@veridian.com

          Sleighton Meyer
          Harris Corporation 
          (321) 727-6514
          smeyer@harris.com