HERNDON, Va., Dec. 6, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it will compete as the prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force's KC-10/KDC-10 aircraft program.

The nine-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract holds a potential value of $3.8 billion and covers full contractor logistics support for the KC-10 aircraft and mission-essential global logistics, maintenance and repair support for the aerial refueling system for the KDC-10 aircraft.

"The Northrop Grumman team brings best business practices, innovation and cost savings to the Air Force on this program," said Jim Cameron, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services sector. "We bring extraordinary capability to this contract with our expertise in logistics support, sustainment and technical services. Our partners are recognized world leaders in their field, and we have tremendous reach back to the greater Northrop Grumman enterprise. For our Air Force customer this means only one thing -- superior performance delivered anywhere, anytime."

Northrop Grumman is recognized as a leader in both the maintenance and upgrade of its own products such as the B-2 bomber, E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft and the Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system, and for its weapons system experience on non-original equipment manufacturer platforms with a proven record on the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System's (Joint STARS) Total Systems Support Responsibility Program and the U.K. Royal Air Force's Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Whole Life Support Program.

"We bring significant experience to the KC/KDC-10 program with our excellent performance and management of maintenance, repair and overhaul, logistics, and sustaining engineering programs at all our military centers of excellence around the country," said Dave Werkheiser, vice president and general manager of the company's Life Cycle Optimization and Engineering Group.

The Northrop Grumman team will execute the full spectrum of support the Air Force requires for the KC/KDC-10 program: logistics management, depot maintenance, sustaining engineering support and global field deployment.

"We also excel in program integration, leveraging the best of our industry partners' core competencies and ensuring management provides a single focus for total contractor logistics support to the Air Force," said Ron Blickley, Northrop Grumman KC/KDC-10 program manager.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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          Northrop Grumman Technical Services
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          Northrop Grumman Technical Services
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