HERNDON, Va., April 4, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), prime contractor of the B-2 stealth bomber, today said that its Information Technology (IT) sector will help the U.S. Air Force keep B-2s ready for future requirements by improving system performance while reducing total program costs.

Northrop Grumman IT has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide repair support at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The contract has a first-year value of $35 million and contains options that provide Northrop Grumman with potential follow-on work.

"The B-2 is a unique, highly capable aircraft which provides American military planners with unprecedented options," said Gregg Donley, president, Technical Services, Northrop Grumman IT. "All of us at Northrop Grumman are proud of our role in developing and producing this weapon system and we take special pride in continuing to support it."

The Technical Services unit of Northrop Grumman IT will lead the company's work on the program with the close coordination and support of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector.

"The teamwork between the two sectors will enable Northrop Grumman to meet the customer's operational requirements and reduce repair support costs by 20 percent," said Steve Carrier, vice president, Business Development and Strategic Planning, Northrop Grumman IT.

Under the B-2 support program, Northrop Grumman will provide component repair support on selected items for which the Air Force has not yet established repair capability. Some of these items include radar components, actuators, transponders and circuit cards. The company will also work closely with the Air Force to transition many of these B-2 components from contractor to Air Force support.

Work on the program will be performed in Midwest City, Okla.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a premier aerospace systems integration enterprise. Northrop Grumman IT is a premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an $18 billion, global defense company with its worldwide headquarters in Los Angeles. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in defense and commercial electronics, systems integration, information technology and nuclear and non-nuclear shipbuilding and systems. With nearly 100,000 employees and operations in 44 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman services U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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