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U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman Conducting Triton Ground Testing



U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman Conducting Triton Ground Testing

Team Checking Control Software, Subsystems Prior to Flight Operations

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy have added a second Triton unmanned aircraft to
ground testing efforts in late September – part of an initial step in
preparation for flight operations.

Two Triton unmanned aircraft systems are being used to flight test and mature
the system for operational use. Ground testing allows the team to further
reduce risks associated with control software and subsystems prior to flight.

The first Triton entered ground testing in July after production concluded in
June.

"Ground testing signifies our steady progress toward conducting Triton's first
flight," said Steve Enewold, Northrop Grumman's vice president and program
manager for Triton. "Through numerous engine runs and checks with
communications systems between the aircraft and ground controllers, we can
ensure that everything is working properly before entering taxi testing as the
next step in our efforts."

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor to the Navy's MQ-4C Triton Broad Area
Maritime Surveillance program. In 2008, the company was awarded a systems
development and demonstration contract to build two aircraft and test them in
preparation for operational missions by late 2015.

The Navy's program of record calls for 68 Tritons to be built.

Triton provides a detailed picture of surface vessels to identify threats
across vast areas of ocean and littoral areas. With its ability to fly
missions up to 24 hours, Triton complements many manned surveillance and
reconnaissance aircraft.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT: Warren Comer
         858-618-7788 (office)
         858-705-7246 (mobile)
         warren.comer@ngc.com

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