April 22, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- NATO has selected the TIPS Industry consortium to provide its long needed Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system.

Six companies, EADS, Galileo Avionica, General Dynamics Canada, Indra, Northrop Grumman, and Thales, have been working together as TIPS to capture the NATO AGS program.

On behalf of the TIPS Team, Scott Seymour, Northrop Grumman vice president and president of the company's Integrated Systems sector, said, "We are proud and honoured by NATO's selection of the TIPS mixed fleet solution. We are especially pleased with the overwhelming vote of confidence from the Alliance. It shows nations appreciated that TIPS offered the best opportunity to quickly achieve a NATO core capability.

"TIPS will provide NATO with a truly transformational capability that will be essential for NATO Response Force operations," Seymour continued. "For more than three years, the TIPS industries have worked together to achieve this result. We look forward to defining the programme with NATO and will maintain close contact with our industrial partners and Alliance members as we work toward contract award for the design and development phase."

The TIPS NATO AGS system will provide situational awareness through a shared common ground picture that will be available to NATO and national decision makers. TIPS will present the NATO Response Force (NRF) with a critical core capability by 2010 and will meet NATO's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and Command and Control (C2) requirements for the 21st century. The state-of-the-art radar technology provided by the Transatlantic Cooperative AGS Radar (TCAR) program, which will be integrated on both the manned and unmanned platforms, draws on the expertise of both U.S. and European radar industries, the majority of whom are also TIPS industry members.

The response of the other national industries to the news has been equally positive and industries expressed their continued support for the TIPS solution as the most cost effective and best value solution to the NATO AGS core capability.

TIPS now looks forward to working closely with NATO to define the way forward. Current NATO plans anticipate a proposal phase later this year and a contract award for the design and development phase in early 2005.

  SAVE THE DATE
 DUE TO THIS NEWS, TIPS INDUSTRIES HAS SCHEDULED A PRESS CONFERENCE 
                        AT THE BERLIN AIRSHOW:
                        11th of May at 10:00am
                    Northrop Grumman / EADS Pavilion
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The TIPS Industries Team

With revenues of EURO 30 billion (2003) and more than 100,000 employees, EADS is the largest aerospace and defence company in Europe and number two worldwide. Among other activities, EADS comprises a wide experience of systems integration for ISR systems, general command, control and communications and military transport aircraft conversions.

Galileo Avionica embodies the avionics and airborne radar capabilities of Finmeccanica, Italy's largest high technologies company and national defence leader.

General Dynamics Canada is Canada's largest defence company with a global reputation for providing integrated mission solutions to land, sea and air systems.

Indra is the leading Spanish company in Information Technologies (IT) with a very active presence in the defence market and is the 5th European IT Company by market capitalization, with revenues amounting to EURO 1 billion and more than 6,500 employees. Indra is deeply involved in complex and critical defence programs for the Ministries of Defence of countries around the world.

Northrop Grumman Corporation, a $26 billion global defense company, is the prime contractor for the E-8C Joint STARS and E-10A/MC2A airborne ground surveillance aircraft, the Global Hawk HALE UAV and the MP-RTIP radar program. Northrop Grumman ISS International, Inc, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, manages the company's work on the TIPS team.

Thales is a world leader in professional electronics in three key markets: Aerospace, Defence and Information Technology & Services. The Group employs 63,000 people in nearly 50 countries worldwide and generated revenues of more than EURO 11 billion in 2002, of which 75% was on international markets.

  CONTACT:  EADS
          Stephanie Chalmers
          stephanie.chalmers@sysde.eads.net 
          +49-731-392 7488

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

          GD Canada
          Suzanne Belanger
          suzanne.belanger@gdcanada.com
          (613) 596-7059

          Indra
          Susana Velasco
          svelasco@indra.es
          +34 91 480 9726

          Jim Stratford
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
          jim.stratford@ngc.com
          (321) 726-7526

          Thales
          Monique Navarra
          monique.navarra@fr.thalesgroup.com
          +33 1 3481 40 50