PARIS AIR SHOW, Le BOURGET, France, June 16, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) AN/AAR-54(V) passive missile approach warning system has been selected by the Royal Netherlands Air Force for its fleet of CH-47D Chinook and AS-532U2 Cougar transport helicopters.

"The AN/AAR-54(V) is an outstanding choice for protecting the men and women who fly the Royal Netherlands Air Force Chinook and Cougar helicopters," said Arnold Welch, vice president Electro-Optical and Infrared Programs for Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (ES3).

The current award will be performed from 2001 to 2004. The contract has a value of $7.3 million.

The Northrop Grumman AN/AAR-54(V) is an imaging, ultraviolet (UV) sensor system that passively detects UV energy, tracks multiple sources and quickly classifies each source as a lethal missile, nonlethal missile or clutter. The system can be utilized independently, as a stand-alone detection system or as part of an integrated directional infrared countermeasures self-protection suite.

Designed for use on tactical and wide-body aircraft, helicopters and combat vehicles, the AN/AAR-54(V) is currently in production for the U.S. Special Operations Command and the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and Australia.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., ES3 is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense electronics systems including airborne radar systems, navigation systems, electronic warfare systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, air defense systems, communications systems, space systems, marine systems, oceanic and naval systems, logistics systems, and automation and information systems.

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