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Northrop Grumman Press Statement: Directional Infrared Countermeasure System

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Jan. 6, 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to participate in the next phase of the Department's aggressive program to develop and test anti-missile systems designed to protect commercial aircraft.

Northrop Grumman has industry-leading capabilities and experience in addressing the potential threat to aircraft posed by Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS). The company's anti-missile devices are currently deployed on a variety of U.S. and U.K. military aircraft operating worldwide, including C-17 and C-130 military transports. Northrop Grumman will adapt its proven Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) systems to provide effective and economical protection for commercial aircraft application.

Work on the contract will be based at Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $25 billion global defense company, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

CONTACT: Katie Lamb-Heinz
Northrop Grumman Corporation
[email protected]

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