CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Feb. 24, 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has won a contract from Tenix Defence Pty Ltd to supply navigation data distribution systems (NDDS) for 8 Royal Australian Navy ANZAC-class frigates and one land-based ANZAC Ship Support Center (ASSC).

The firm, fixed-price contract, valued at $6.8 million, was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit. The navigation distribution systems are an upgrade to the ships’ existing MK49 ring-laser gyro (RLG) inertial navigation systems, integrating data inputs and outputs provided by the MK49 and other navigation sensors. The upgraded systems will provide improved navigation data distribution to both current and future combat systems equipment. Installations are scheduled to be completed by Mid-2008.

Sperry Marine recently won contracts to supply similar systems for the Canadian Navy’s Iroquois-class destroyers.

Sperry Marine is a world leader in RLG technology for the world’s navies, having supplied more than 80 percent of the systems at sea today. The MK49 is the standard RLG equipment used on NATO ships.

Sperry Marine, with worldwide headquarters in Charlottesville, Va., and major engineering and support offices in Melville, N.Y., New Malden, U.K., and Hamburg, Germany, is part of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector.

Sperry Marine provides smart navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry with customer service and support through offices in 16 countries, sales representatives in 47 countries, and authorized service depots in more than 250 locations worldwide.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense and commercial electronic systems including airborne radar, navigation systems, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace management systems, communications systems, space sensors, marine and naval systems, government systems and logistics services.

For commercial sales inquiries, contact Sperry Marine by phone, +1 434 974 2656 or by e-mail, For military sales inquiries call, +1 434 974 2134 or by e-mail, Visit our Web site at .


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