BRUSSELS, June 11, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Transatlantic Industrial Proposed Solution (TIPS) team -- the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), Galileo Avionica of Italy and Northrop Grumman ISS International, Inc., of the U.S. -- will be participating in Eurosatory '02 at the Northrop Grumman booth (# A02-56). The TIPS approach addresses the longstanding requirement for a NATO-owned and -operated Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) capability.

Capitalizing on the success at ILA '02, the team will be providing briefings on the TIPS approach to government and industry officials during ES '02.

The objective of TIPS is to respond to the mandate issued at last September's Reinforced meeting of the North Atlantic Council by providing NATO with an affordable, six-aircraft fleet, minimum essential NATO-owned and -operated AGS core capability by 2010. This core capability could be complemented by an array of fully interoperable NATO member nations owned surveillance assets, including helicopters and manned/unmanned air vehicles.

The TIPS system of systems approach centers on a government-to-government cooperatively developed, active electronically scanned array radar sensor, integrated onboard a midsize jet aircraft. This trans-Atlantic radar solution would be a watershed event in industrial cooperation and technology sharing by capitalizing on technology developed in both the U.S. Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program and Europe's SOSTAR-X technology demonstrator.

The TIPS Team anticipates that the approach presented in its white paper will help NATO meet an important requirement for an AGS capability identified in the Defence Capabilities Initiative and contribute to the trans-Atlantic military transformation of Alliance forces.

With revenues amounting to EUR 30.8 billion (2001) and 100,000 employees, EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company is the largest aerospace and defence company in Europe and number two worldwide. EADS business comprises a wide experience on system integration for Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, general command, control and communications, commercial and military aircraft, helicopters, commercial launch vehicles, missile systems as well as satellites.

Galileo Avionica embodies the avionics and airborne radar capabilities of Finmeccanica, Italy's largest high technologies company and national defence leader. Galileo Avionica offers systems integration capabilities and know-how, accumulated since the sixties through a process of rationalization and merging of Italian avionics systems and equipment companies.

Northrop Grumman ISS International, Inc., is a Northrop Grumman Corporation company. Northrop Grumman Corporation is an $18 billion, global defense company with its worldwide headquarters in Los Angeles. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in defense and commercial electronics, systems integration, information technology and nuclear and non-nuclear shipbuilding and systems. With nearly 100,000 employees and operations in 44 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

  CONTACT:  Northrop Grumman:
          Jim Stratford
          james_stratford@northropgrumman.com
          (321) 726-7526

          EADS:
          Lothar Belz
          lothar.belz@sysde.eads.net 
          +49-731-392-3681

          Galileo Avionica:
          Mirta de Benedictis
          debenedictis@finmeccanica.it
          +39-0-64-1883719