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Northrop Grumman Awarded OBOGS Contract for Embraer's F-5BR Aircraft

DAVENPORT, Iowa, Jan. 20, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that its Life Support business unit has received a contract from Embraer Services Inc. to provide On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS) to the Brazilian Air Force's fleet of F-5 BR aircraft.

The system has significant life cycle cost advantages over liquid oxygen systems, including no required depot-level maintenance, no daily service requirements, and no costly liquid oxygen system infrastructure. Life Support's pressure-swing absorption concept uses two molecular sieve-filled beds to generate oxygen-enriched breathing gas on board the aircraft, and eliminates the burden of re-supplying liquid oxygen.

The $1.8 million contract will supply Life Support's OBOGS through 2005. Embraer Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Embraer -- Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica, a military aircraft manufacturer located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Life Support, part of Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, is the world leader in the application of gas separation technology and in the design of cryogenic coolers. It has manufactured oxygen concentrators supplying aviator grade oxygen to aircrews around the world since 1982. Other products include On-Board Inert Gas Generating Systems, breathing regulators, oxygen hazard monitors, oxygen concentrators, pressure intensifiers and cryogenic coolers for use in infrared night vision equipment. Life Support is headquartered in Davenport, Iowa.

Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, headquartered in Iselin, N.J., is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance electronic and optical components and materials to the telecommunications, networking, industrial, medical and military markets. Component Technologies includes Interconnect Technologies, Kester, Life Support, Poly-Scientific, Precision Products International, VEAM and Winchester Electronics.

LEARN MORE ABOUT US: Northrop Grumman news releases, product information, photos and video clips are available on the Internet at: http://www.northropgrumman.com. Information specific to the Component Technologies sector is available at: http://www.ngcomptech.com

CONTACT: Linda Self, (417) 829-5208
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Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies

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