WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., May 9, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Navigation Systems Division has been selected by the U.S. Navy to supply inertial navigation systems (INS) designed to provide aircraft carrier-based pilots with accurate aircraft position and targeting information.

Under a $12 million Navy contract, the Navigation Systems Division will supply 78 of its LN-92 inertial navigation units and mounts for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F, E-2C, AV-8B aircraft and for the approach landing system of aircraft carriers. The self-contained LN-92 provides pilots with aircraft position, velocity, acceleration, heading and attitude information.

This contract will also be used to supply foreign governments with LN-92 units for installation in aircraft such as the E-2C. The Navigation Systems Division has been the premier supplier of U.S. Navy carrier aircraft inertial navigation systems through four generations of technology and for more than four decades.

"Our customers continue to be pleased with the performance of the LN-92," said Louis Patalano, program manager of Military Aircraft Electronic Systems at Northrop Grumman. "The mean-time-between failure of over 15,000 hours exceeds current contract requirements and demonstrates the high reliability of the LN-92."

The inertial navigation system deliveries will take place over a 12-month period beginning July 2003. The contract contains options for 100 additional systems.

Based in Woodland Hills, Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division provides situational awareness for the defense, civil, and commercial markets. It offers integrated avionics, inertial navigation and guidance systems, satellite electronics, Identification Friend or Foe systems, rugged conventional and smart displays, rugged handheld computers and workstations, rugged rack systems, fiber-optic sensors and systems, and logistic support products and services.

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