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Northrop Grumman Provides Tracking Systems for British Army Officer Cadet Training Exercise

LONDON, April 25, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced that its Mission Systems Europe operation has provided the tracking communications system for a leadership and development training exercise that was undertaken this month by 11 Army officer cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in a recreation of the Second World War mission, Operation Frankton.

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In the original 1942 raid, ten Royal Marines in five military Klepper folding canoes, launched from a British submarine, paddled 70 miles up the River Gironde in France in order to sink enemy merchant ships docked in Bordeaux harbor.

Northrop Grumman provided the C2PC Tactical command and control/situational awareness system for tracking commercial shipping activity and the progress of the canoes as well as for navigation.

"We are delighted to have been able to support this challenging leadership and development exercise with the use of our equipment," said Paul Davison, vice-president and managing director of Northrop Grumman Missions Systems Europe. "This has been a further opportunity to demonstrate the capability of our C2PC Tactical system in a demanding mission environment."

The officers in the reconstruction canoed the same route as the original raiding party using military Kleppers, but had the benefit of modern military tracking devices on their canoes, which allowed their progress to be followed in near real time. Each carried state-of-the-art military blue force tracking devices to provide an up-to-date situational awareness picture for those tracking the operation.

The exercise, from its planning in the UK to the recreation of the mission itself, was filmed by an independent film company and will be broadcast on UK national television in October 2007.

For more information about Operation Frankton go to and for more information about CPC Tactical go to

Northrop Grumman in the UK operates from five primary locations: Fareham, Coventry, New Malden, Peterborough and Solihull, providing avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems, marine navigation systems, robotics, C4I and mission planning, IT systems and software development. Northrop Grumman established its UK corporate office in London in early 2006.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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