APOPKA, Fla., July 10, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Laser Systems business unit achieved a key milestone in May with the delivery of its 5,000th Mark VII hand-held laser rangefinder.

The Mark VII laser rangefinder is lightweight and compact and can be used day and night to determine accurate target location. It has been purchased by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and Special Operations Command and is currently in active service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This is a very significant event for the Mark VII program as the production numbers point out how just how essential this piece of equipment is to our warfighters," said Gregory Williams, general manager of the company's Laser Systems business unit. "The Mark VII is the most widely used, man-portable laser rangefinder in the world today. It provides our warfighters with detailed targeting information and the capability to deliver precise coordinates for smart munitions."

Northrop Grumman is a world leader in providing lasers to the U.S. military.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Mark Blackington
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (321) 354-3790
          mark.blackington@ngc.com