HERNDON, Va., July 3, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will provide essential program management and technical support to the U.S. Navy's primary surface-to-air missile and launcher program, STANDARD Missile/Surface Launcher Systems (SM/SLS).

The SM/SLS contract was awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command and is valued at $49 million over five years to Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector. Additional performance-based award options bring the potential value of the contract to $106 million over 10 years.

"This significant contract award retains our strong STANDARD Missile support business, while expanding our support to include the VLS component of the Aegis weapon system," said John Edwards, vice president, Combat Systems Support, Northrop Grumman IT.

"We have supported the STANDARD Missile Program for more than 12 years and worked closely with both programs for more than 25 years. We are excited about the opportunity to continue work with the Navy and its industrial partners for future missile and launcher variants."

Under the SM/SLS contract, the Northrop Grumman team will provide systems engineering and program management support; technical and programmatic support for STANDARD missile research and development activities; financial management, acquisition and logistics management support for the STANDARD and VLS production programs; and technical, analytical and logistics management support for the STANDARD missile and VLS foreign military sales programs.

The Northrop Grumman IT team includes Basic Engineering Concepts & Technologies, Inc. and Millennium Engineering and Integration Company, Strategic Insight, Arlington, Va.; Software Engineering Associates, Inc., Alexandria, Va.; Technology, Management & Analysis Corporation, McLean, Va.; EG&G, Gaithersburg, Md.; and DJR Associates, Inc., Frederick, Md.

Work on the program will be performed in Crystal City, Va.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology is a premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. Headquartered in Herndon, the company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; space systems; health informatics; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

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