RESTON, Va., Dec. 12, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced today it will respond to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Request for Information (RFI) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Segment Follow-on Effort.

The RFI was issued on Nov. 19 with responses due back by Dec. 31.

According to the RFI, posted in Federal Business Opportunities on Nov. 20, the MDA is "developing a follow-on contract strategy for the continuation of spiral development, test, fielding, sustainment of the GMD system, and integration of the GMD system with the BMDS (Ballistic Missile Defense System)."

"As a major prime contractor on numerous large, complex weapons systems for the U.S. government, we are excited about this opportunity," said Jerry Agee, corporate executive for missile defense and president of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector. "The success of our military weapon systems acquisition process is founded in competition, harnessing the most innovative ideas from the top engineering talent in the industry to tackle our nation's most pressing challenges, at the best price to taxpayers. Our experience integrating large, sophisticated weapons systems ranges from missile defense to ICBMs to nuclear aircraft carriers. Northrop Grumman intends to bring its strong portfolio to bear on this critical missile defense program and demonstrate that the seamless delivery of an integrated missile defense system -- optimized for performance and ready when needed -- is within MDA's grasp."

As a primary supplier of missile defense technology, Northrop Grumman plays a key role in all phases of our nation's multi-layered missile defense system. Programs such as the Kinetic Energy Interceptors, Space Tracking and Surveillance System, Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center, chemical laser portion of the Airborne Laser, and fire control and communications systems are just a few of the contributions the company is making to the nation's missile defense efforts. For more information about Northrop Grumman in missile defense, go to .

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 Mission Systems
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