HERNDON, Va., Sept. 13, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and seven additional contractors a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract to provide information technology products and services for the Air Force's Network Centric Solutions (NETCENTS) program. The overall ceiling of this ID/IQ contract is $9 billion.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will compete for task orders that will include network engineering, software development, IT infrastructure modernization, integration, and sustainment, information storage and management, security and telephone services, and voice, video, and data communications products.

"We have built our NETCENTS team around our experience serving the Air Force on the Unified Local Area Network Architecture and Combat Information Transport programs, and our first-class team of partners offers unmatched capability to help the Air Force with its mission requirements, said James O'Neill, president of Northrop Grumman IT. "We look forward to assisting the Air Force with modernizing their infrastructure as they move toward more network-centric solutions."

Work on the contract will be performed at all permanent Air Force locations as well as the expeditionary Air Force requirements on a global basis.

"Northrop Grumman, as a company, has extended global reach and depth of capability," adds O'Neill. "This translates into lower risk and reduced cost for the government, plus the ability to undertake complex tasks with global coverage. We have the team that can lead the Air Force to future technology with industry leaders in such areas as voice-over-internet protocol."

Northrop Grumman announced its NETCENTS team on Aug. 10, and includes 10 big business partners and 24 small-business partners. The company's big-business partners include: Computer Sciences Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.; SAIC, San Diego; BearingPoint Inc. and RS Information Systems, Inc., McLean, Va.; Siemens AG, Munich, Germany; T-Systems, Frankfurt, Germany; Verizon Communications and AT&T, New York, N.Y.; Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas; and SI International, Inc., Reston, Va.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's technological leadership spans such areas as homeland security solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, IT and network infrastructure, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation, and geospatial intelligence solutions.

Juli Ballesteros, APR
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