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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates CUTLASS Bomb Disposal Robot During UK Ministerial Visit

LONDON, June 18, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced that it demonstrated its CUTLASS unmanned explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) vehicle at Wattisham Airfield near Ipswich during a visit to East Anglia by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Derek Twigg MP.

A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.primezone.com/noc/

Northrop Grumman is providing 80 CUTLASS vehicles to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) under a contract awarded to its Remotec subsidiary in December 2006. The CUTLASS unmanned bomb disposal vehicle will be used by the MoD for anti-terrorism operations worldwide.

"CUTLASS will provide the MoD with a step change in capability using a robot that is capable of adapting to innovations in the world of bomb disposal," said Wendy McGowan, managing director of Remotec UK. "We are delighted to have had this opportunity to demonstrate the versatility of this state-of-the-art vehicle."

The CUTLASS system offers the latest technology in a modular design, thereby enabling the user to deal with the full range of both military and improvised explosive devices. Its highly versatile design means that it is capable of accommodating a wide range of payloads, sensors and tools.

The manipulator arm is equipped with a state-of-the-art gripper and has nine degrees of freedom for greater movement and agility inside limited spaces, such as the interior of a car. The robot is able to creep along at deliberately slow speeds for delicate operations and may accelerate to high speeds to enable rapid travel. The six-wheeled design offers mobility on all types of hard and soft terrain and in all weather conditions.

Prior to the CUTLASS program, Northrop Grumman, through its Remotec subsidiary in the UK, was, for more than ten years, the sole supplier to the MoD of the Wheelbarrow-class bomb disposal robot. Northrop Grumman has more than 2,000 unmanned ground vehicles in operation worldwide.

Remotec is a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman with locations in Coventry, UK and Clinton, Tenn. in the United States. Remotec is an industry leader in developing and manufacturing unmanned ground vehicle systems for police, military, and industrial applications in more than 52 countries worldwide.

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 120,000 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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