GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 24, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contract by the U.S. Air Force to manufacture and integrate a voice, data and multiplexing communications infrastructure.

The Company received an initial equipment order for more than $18 million.

The Theatre Deployable Communications (TDC) modules and kits program is a ground-to-ground communications infrastructure designed to transmit and receive voice, data and video communications securely, to or from wireless, satellite, or hard-wired sources.

"This award is a significant milestone for our business in that we've entered a new market with a longstanding customer, the U.S. Air Force," said Bill Irby, communications director for Northrop Grumman's Government Systems Division. "It signals a shift in our business structure and complements our communications expertise and company direction. We look forward to working with the Air Force's Electronic Systems Command to provide our armed forces the best quality secure communications systems available for today's mission and hopefully this will position us for expanded Defense Dept. opportunities."

Designed for deployed operations, the TDC improves interoperability, increases capacity and user connections, decreases logistical airlift and footprint requirements and provides common, fixed and deployed solutions. By combining different modules with certain tools in different kits, operators achieve variability in a mission-focused communications suite.

"TDC provides much-needed flexibility," said Asif Moosa, site director for the division's Denro Systems business unit. "The program allows the Air Force to tailor systems to specific needs and to transport the systems anywhere in the world for military contingencies."

Denro Systems is a component of Northrop Grumman's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector, a world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of defense and commercial electronics and systems including airborne radar, electronic countermeasures, space sensors, navigation systems, communications systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, marine and naval systems, government systems, and logistics services. The Denro Systems business unit is based in Gaithersburg, Md.

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