APOPKA, Fla., Oct. 3, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a $79 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide nearly 300 of the company's battle-proven Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder (LLDR) systems that provide targeting capability for laser-guided, GPS-guided and conventional munitions.

Deliveries of the systems under this fourth in a series of production contracts will begin in June 2007, and are expected to be completed by December 2008.

"Army forward observers have used Northrop Grumman's LLDR with tremendous success in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Gregory Williams, general manager of the company's Laser Systems business unit. "LLDR provides our warfighters exactly what they need: a man-portable, precision targeting system for the battlefield."

Northrop Grumman's LLDR accurately targets enemy positions during the day, at night and in nearly all battlefield conditions including haze, smoke, fog and rain. It provides a unique capability to forward observers and forward air controllers. The system can recognize targets, find the range to a target with an eye-safe wavelength and calculate grid coordinates with built-in GPS, elevation and azimuth sensing capability. The system then provides this information to other digital battlefield systems. The LLDR can also be used with semi-active laser-guided munitions and laser spot trackers.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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