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Northrop Grumman's KC-30 Tanker Team Will Support 4,200 Jobs in Georgia and Generate Economic Activity Statewide


Northrop Grumman, EADS and Georgia Suppliers Directly Contribute More Than $180 Million to Georgia's Economy Annually

A KC-30 Win Will Result in a Total Economic Impact Increasing to $440 Million Annually

MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 22, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) KC-30 Tanker team will support more than 4,200 direct and indirect jobs throughout Georgia if the KC-30 Tanker aircraft is selected by the U.S. Air Force. The KC-30 program will generate an additional $11 million annually in economic growth in Georgia, bringing the team's total direct and indirect economic impact to $440 million annually.

"A KC-30 Tanker win will undoubtedly benefit Georgia's aerospace industry and business community," said George M. Israel, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. "Georgia's workforce is energized about the KC-30 program and the positive impact it will bring to our state."

Northrop Grumman and its Georgia-based suppliers currently employ 2,000 workers statewide with an annual, direct economic impact exceeding $180 million. Northrop Grumman's current workforce injects more than $88 million into Georgia's economy each year.

Northrop Grumman's KC-30 Tanker supply base in Georgia will include:

  • Vought, Millegeville, Ga. - Engine Sub-Assemblies
  • Parker Hannifin, Dublin, Ga. - Servo Valves
  • RCF Seals, Vidalia, Ga. - Engine Sub-Assemblies
  • TIG Hitco, Atlanta, Ga. - Engine Sub-Assemblies
  • Millennium Solutions, Chamblee, Ga. - Aircraft Components

The KC-30 Tanker aircraft will be assembled in Mobile, Ala., and the KC-30 team will employ 25,000 American workers at 230 U.S. companies. It will be built by a world-class industrial team led by Northrop Grumman, and includes EADS North America, General Electric Aviation and Sargent Fletcher.

About the KC-30: Northrop Grumman's KC-30 Tanker carries 45,000 more pounds of fuel than a KC-135 or any competitor, providing a significant boost to the U.S. Air Force's global reach. The KC-30 is also designed to refuel Navy and coalition aircraft, and to serve as a multi-role transport aircraft to move passengers, cargo and medical evacuation patients. The KC-30 incorporates defense systems, precision fly-by-wire technology, and the ability to integrate a communications suite and a global support network.

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.

CONTACT:  Randy Belote
          Northrop Grumman Corporation
          (703) 875-8525

          Tim Paynter
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
          (321) 961-1101

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