Northrop Grumman Awarded Order for F/A-18 Vertical Tail Rudders

Falls Church, Virginia, UNITED STATES


EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 16, 2000 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems Sector (ISS) has received an order valued at up to $15.1 million for replacement rudders for the vertical tails on F/A-18 Hornet aircraft belonging to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and the government of Finland. Assembly work on the rudders is scheduled to be completed by September 2004 and will be performed at Northrop Grumman ISS's Air Combat Systems facility in El Segundo.

The twin vertical tails are part of the F/A-18's center/aft fuselage that is designed, produced and integrated by Northrop Grumman as principal subcontractor to The Boeing Company. Northrop Grumman is currently in production on the Super Hornet, the newest version of the combat-proven F/A-18.

More than 1,200 Hornets are currently flying in 55 active-duty, reserve and test squadrons in the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as in seven foreign countries. Finland originally chose the F/A-18 in 1992 and recently took delivery of the last of 64 aircraft for its air force.

Northrop Grumman's ISS, based in Dallas, Tex., is a premier aerospace systems integration enterprise. ISS has the capabilities to design, develop, integrate, produce and support complete systems, as well as airframe subsystems, for airborne surveillance and battle management aircraft, early warning aircraft, airborne electronic warfare aircraft and air combat aircraft.

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