CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 30, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded contracts to supply the U.S. Navy with steering systems for three new USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51-class guided missile destroyers.

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems issued one contract, for DDG 107. Bath Iron Works, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, issued contracts for vessels DDG 108 and 109.

Sperry Marine is also supplying ring-laser gyro systems, BridgeMaster E navigation radars and integrated bridge systems for the Arleigh Burke destroyers under separate contracts.

The three contracts have a combined value of $12.5 million.

Sperry Marine, with worldwide headquarters in Charlottesville, Va., and major engineering and support offices in 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, 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 at +1 434-974-2656 or by e-mail at For military sales inquiries, call +1 434-974-2134 or e-mail Visit our web site at .

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