Northrop Grumman Sector Establishes Three New Regional Engineering Centers In U.S.

Falls Church, Virginia, UNITED STATES


BALTIMORE, Md., Nov. 10, 2000 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (ES3) today announced the establishment of three new engineering centers in Florida, Indiana and Pennsylvania to provide engineering design and development support for the company's growing military radar, sensors and information systems businesses. Initially, the three centers will collectively employ about 100 engineering personnel and other technical specialists

The new centers are:


 --   The Melbourne Engineering Center, co-located in Melbourne, Fla.,
      with Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems Sector (ISS). The
      employees who will staff the new center at Melbourne are
      currently involved in various radar systems integration work
      associated with the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar  
      System and other military radar applications and will now report
      to ES3. The center will join the sector's Engineering & 
      Manufacturing organization based in Baltimore.

 --   The Advanced Decision Systems Technology Center in Fort Wayne,
      Ind. Engineers and scientists here are engaged in a wide range 
      of research and development involving advanced military sensors,
      information systems and related technologies. The Fort Wayne
      center is part of the ES3 Systems Development and Technology
      Division.

 --   The Image and Information Research Department, soon to be
      relocated from Churchill, Pa., to Pittsburgh, Pa., near the
      campus of Carnegie Mellon University. The department is engaged
      primarily in the development of advanced military software
      algorithms, robotics and information systems. This operation is
      part of the ES3 Baltimore-based Science and Technology Center
      that also focuses on advanced materials and compound
      semiconductor research.

"These regional engineering centers at Northrop Grumman will help us support a wide range of exciting, leading-edge military sensors and information systems programs," said James G. Roche, corporate vice president and ES3 president. "The centers are staffed by some of the most talented and experienced electronics systems engineers and scientists in the world. We are fortunate to have these individuals on the Northrop Grumman ES3 team, helping to ensure that we maintain our world-renowned leadership position in defense electronics, sensors and information systems."

Melbourne Engineering Center

The Melbourne Engineering Center will officially open on Jan. 1, 2001, to ensure an orderly transition of employees from their current reporting structures within ISS. Employees will remain in the same Melbourne location and will maintain their current pension and other benefits. Walter Jachimski, currently manager-Development Programs at ES3 in Baltimore, will be the center's director and will relocate to the Melbourne area.

Advanced Decision Systems Technology Center

The Advanced Decision Systems Technology Center in Fort Wayne formally opened in August 2000. The center has expertise in threat and operational analysis, systems engineering, software engineering, and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Led by David J. Salisbury, manager, the center is focused on expanding business opportunities in the areas of real-time tactical systems, next-generation network-centric architectures, and advanced decision support systems.

Image and Information Research Department - Science & Technology Center

A component of the company's Baltimore-based Science and Technology Center, the Image and Information Research Department in Pittsburgh has expertise in automatic target recognition systems, unmanned robotic vehicles, software algorithms, mobile distributed force technology, reconfigurable computing and Internet-like solutions for military information processing systems. Under the leadership of Dr. Robert R. Mitchell, manager, the department's goals include developing leading-edge technologies to cope with exponentially increasing radar, sonar, video and spectral data that will result in more accurate target identification and improved indications and warnings for military operations. The department will also pursue the development of unmanned robotic vehicles, software for real-time surveillance systems, and crisis and logistics planning systems, among other areas.

Northrop Grumman's ES3, headquartered in Baltimore, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense electronics and systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, space systems, marine systems, logistics systems, and automation and information systems.

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