APOPKA, Fla., Nov. 21, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a contract from the U.S. Navy to supply lightweight, laser target designators for use by U.S. forces in conflicts around the world. The target designators determine the distance to a target and place precision guided munitions on an exact position.

Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit will immediately begin providing the AN/PEQ-1B Laser Target Designator and associated items to the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane, Ind., with final deliveries expected to be complete by Sept. 2009.

Used extensively by U.S. forces, the AN/PEQ-1B has proven effective on the battlefield and in urban combat where precision targeting is key to avoiding collateral damage.

"This contract is significant because it allows U.S. forces a quick and effective means for obtaining laser target designators," said Gregory Williams, general manager of the company's Laser Systems business unit. "Not only does the contract streamline the procurement process, but it also reinforces our customer's satisfaction with what we have delivered so far and emphasizes their confidence in our ability to continue giving them exactly what they need on the battlefield."

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 Electronic Systems
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