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Northrop Grumman, BAE SYSTEMS To Collaborate On Missile Defence Solutions; Accord Makes Joint Wargame Exercises Possible

28 Jul 2003

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and BAE Systems plc today announced they have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to co-operate on developing missile defence solutions, focusing specifically in the area of modelling and simulation. This announcement follows the signing of a framework MOU on June 12, 2003, between the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.K. Ministry of Defence to develop bilateral co-operation on missile defence. The first immediate result of that accord was the July 18, 2003 launch of the U.K. Missile Defence Centre (MDC), a joint UK Government and industry initiative set up as a focus for UK/US co-operation on missile defence.

The two companies will establish a business-to-business framework for interaction between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Joint National Integration Center (JNIC), for which Northrop Grumman is the prime, and with the BAE Systems Battlespace Management Evaluation Centre (BMEC) facility. The BMEC facility is to be used within the MDC to evaluate, among other things, options for defending the UK . This framework can be used at the discretion of both countries to immediately move out on missile defence wargaming activities.

Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems combined strength in missile defence, in-depth technical knowledge, and sensitivity to global issues ensures our governments will receive the best possible solutions to the integration and interoperability challenges inherent in a missile defence system, said Donald C. Winter, Northrop Grumman vice president and lead executive for missile defence. This MOU paves the way for both companies to go beyond the planning phase. It enables us to reach into the critical problem solving phase that only proven modeling and simulation can offer. Jointly, our unrivalled expertise will enable us to enhance the effectiveness of a global layered missile defence capability.

We believe that this early co-operation between BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman can help to catalyse an approach to Missile Defence at the industry level, said Mike Rouse, Group Marketing Director for BAE Systems. By working together to provide a bridge between US and UK analytical capabilities we aim to facilitate a better understanding of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. This will help inform decision-makers on Missile Defence in both countries, while at the same time creating a transatlantic collaborative environment in preparation for further UK Industrial involvement.

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. The company designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems.

BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has 100, 000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 12 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

BAE Systems, innovating for a safer world.

Northrop Grummans Role in Missile Defense: From detection, to tracking, to engagement, Northrop Grumman is bringing its entire suite of expertise in systems integration, high-tech weaponry, and domain knowledge to bear on the challenge of a layered missile defense capability. The full spectrum of programs includes prime contractor roles for the Defense Support Program satellite; the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS); the Joint National Integration Center, the Joint Tactical Ground Station, and the Liquid Booster target program. Northrop Grumman is also leading teams pursuing MDA,s Kinetic Energy Interceptors (KEI) program and targets and countermeasures prime program, and playing a leading role developing and upgrading the Aegis platform.

Key roles on the GMD program include the GMD Fire Control/Communications System, the Command Launch Equipment Command and Control system, the canister package for the Groundbased Interceptor, and support for the launch of target vehicles from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

As a leader in chemical lasers, Northrop Grumman is developing the high-power chemical laser component of the MDAs Airborne Laser program and is the U.S. Army's prime contractor for the Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser. Northrop Grumman also provides payloads and mission processing for SBIRS-High and STSS, support services and active/passive sensor technology directly to MDA.

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

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