Northrop Grumman, EADS and Indra Team Submit Bid for NATO System

     Northrop Grumman, EADS and Indra Team Submit Bid for NATO
           Systems Engineering and Integration Contract

RESTON, Va., MUNICH, Germany and MADRID, Spain, Aug. 10, 2006
(PRIMEZONE) -- The trans-Atlantic partnership of Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE:NOC), EADS Defence & Security Systems (DS), and Indra
formally submitted their proposal this week for the NATO Systems
Engineering and Integration (SE&I) program competition. 
This contract is a key part of the new NATO Active Layered Theatre
Ballistic-Missile Defense (ALTBMD) program. Under the awarded contract,
the winner will design, develop, and validate a target architecture and
conduct the subsequent test and verification of this architecture to
integrate the NATO command and control systems with national
components. In order to achieve that goal, the systems engineering and
integration contractor will design, develop and operate a NATO
Integration Test Bed (ITB). 
The invitation for bids was issued by the NATO ALTBMD Programme Office
in Brussels on May 19, with contract award expected in September. 
"Our Northrop Grumman/EADS DS/Indra team represents a true partnership
that boasts strong experience in systems integration and an unsurpassed
knowledge of the NATO mission, which is key to successfully integrating
these national systems into one cohesive architecture," said Frank
Moore, Northrop Grumman's executive lead for NATO/Europe missile
defense collaboration and sector vice president and general manager of
the Missile Defense Division. "Each of our team members is committed to
the task of defending NATO forces from ballistic missile attacks, and
we have assigned our best and brightest engineers to meet this
"As a major player within Europe and with the experience that EADS DS
has in the field of ballistic missile defense and trans-Atlantic
projects, we provide the team our expertise in test bed integration and
air defense," commented Stefan Zoller, Member of the EADS Executive
Committee and CEO of EADS Defence & Security Systems Division. 
"NATO ALTBMD Architecture is a major challenge," said Regino Moranchel,
Indra's managing director. "The defense of the deployed NATO forces
from the ballistic missile threat allows no compromise. The complexity
of the integration and the flexibility required to harmonize NATO and
national elements are of an unprecedented dimension. The objective is a
truly open and interoperable architecture where all the components must
be able to plug into and be ready to defend deployed forces. Indra and
its partners Northrop Grumman and EADS DS have a great amount of
accumulated knowledge and experience in the successful integration of
highly complex system-of-systems." 
Once selected, the team will use the integration test bed as a platform
to integrate, test and verify the proposed architectures; develop and
evaluate theatre missile-defense concepts of operation; and test and
evaluate the different architectural capabilities as hardware and
software become available. In addition, the team will ensure
integration and interoperability among the various NATO components of
the architecture from both a technical and operational perspective. The
test bed will also be used for performance verification, using detailed
modeling and simulation tools to ensure that the actual missile defense
performance will meet requirements. 
Northrop Grumman's experience in the U.S. missile-defense integration
market is vast. For the U.S. ground-based missile-defense shield,
Northrop Grumman is developing the highly successful fire control
system that orchestrates each engagement and ties together the entire
system. Northrop is the prime contractor at the Joint National
Integration Center and is also leading an industry team to develop and
test the Kinetic Energy Interceptor system -- a mobile
boost/ascent/early-midcourse phase missile-defense capability. Northrop
Grumman is the prime contractor for developing and fielding the Air and
Missile Defense Workstation (AMDWS), a decision dominance system used
successfully in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. AMDWS is
currently used by the U.S. Army from theatre through fire unit
organizational levels. Northrop Grumman Corporation is a 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. 
With revenues of about EUR 5.6 billion in 2005 and roughly 23,000
employees across nine nations, EADS Defence & Security Systems Division
forms the defense and security pillar within EADS. As a large systems
integrator, it offers integrated systems solutions to the new
challenges confronting armed forces and global security. It is active
in the areas of manned and unmanned integrated combat and mission air
systems, including related training services, and in missile systems,
battlefield management systems for all branches, global security
solutions, secure networks, defense electronics, sensors and avionics,
as well as related services. EADS is a global leader in aerospace,
defense and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of EUR
34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113,000. 
Indra, the leading Spanish defense systems and information technology
company, delivers C4ISR and air defense systems and equipment to
national, NATO and international customers. Indra's capabilities
include systems development, integration and engineering. Indra's
experience in the development and integration of advanced air defense
systems, army anti-air missile defense systems and combat direction
system will effectively contribute to offer the best solutions to NATO.
Indra will merge its advanced technology in the latest NATO standards
of identification with the strong worldwide sales network (in air
defense systems in collaboration with Northrop Grumman and EADS). The
result will be a complete product portfolio capable of meeting the
requirements of the most demanding customers. 

CONTACT:  Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
          Marynoele R. Benson
          (703) 741-7723

          Stephanie Chalmers
          +49 (89) 607-21918

          Luisa Gomez Gonzalez-Solis
          +34-91-480 97 17

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