RESTON, Va. -- Aug. 5, 2004 -- The U.S. Army has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) as prime contractor for the Command Post Platform (CPP) Development and Integration Program. Valued at up to $400 million over the next five years, the award includes an initial $26 million contract for the design and construction of 10 prototype command posts.

As prime contractor, Northrop Grumman will develop and field Army command posts, where commanders direct operations and control forces. CPP provides common command centers with advanced command-and-control hardware and technology to give commanders improved control over their digital forces using Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade-and-Below (FBCB2) and other Army battlefield command systems. It will also allow soldiers and officers to move between echelons without having to retrain command-post operations.

"Northrop Grumman is committed to the effective and timely transformation of the U.S. Army," said Donald C. Winter, president Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. "This award validates how Northrop Grumman can leverage the deep, broad capabilities and knowledge resident in its sectors to bring truly transformational systems to military operations. Our strong partnership with the Army in developing and fielding battle command-and-control systems such as FBCB2 and Blue Force Tracking will be instrumental in assuring success of the CPP program."

Following the initial 18 month contract award, the Army will execute follow-on options to develop command posts for Stryker Brigade Combat Teams 5 and 6, which will become the first units equipped with the operational test units. Full-rate production options, which begin in 2006 and continue through 2010, will equip the remaining Army units.

An engineering support services option is included for special studies, vehicle platform engineering, and exercise and test support, which will be awarded on a task-order basis. This allows flexibility for investigating technologies, as well as working with other program offices and government customers to realign their command-post/command-and-control facilities and shelters into the CPP.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector is a significant partner on the CPP program, providing integrated logistics support, training, and integration and testing of the command-and control-components. Other program partners include Azbell Electronics, Waco, Texas; Titan Corp of San Diego; Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, Pa.; Applied Minds, Glendale, Calif.; Natural Interactive Systems, Portland, Ore.; Gichner Shelter Systems, Dallastown, Pa.; Harris Corp of Palm Bay, Fla.; and Sanmina-SCI, Schafer Corp and Colsa Corporation, all of Huntsville, Ala.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides a broad array of technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. The company has 125,000 employees and operates in all 50 states and 25 countries and serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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