Northrop Grumman Supports U.S. Air Force Minuteman Missile Test Launch

Northrop Grumman Supports U.S. Air Force Minuteman Missile Test Launch

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE:NOC) recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air
Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system
last month. The tests demonstrate and support assessment of the accuracy,
availability and reliability of the weapon system.

This launch also marked the first test of a refurbished MK21 arming and fuzing
assembly. The operational test was designated "Glory Trip 206GM" and proceeded
as planned with the missile traveling approximately 4,800 miles in 30 minutes
from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to the Ronald Reagan Test Site in the
Kwajalein Atoll in the western chain of the Marshall Islands.

"Each operational test we conduct is critical to ensuring the safety and
effectiveness of the Minuteman III ICBM weapons system, and they are
especially critical when testing new sub-systems that will maintain the
viability of the system through 2030," said Tony Spehar, vice president and
program manager, Northrop Grumman ICBM Systems. "The entire ICBM team, to
include our teammates and the U.S. Air Force, should celebrate this success as
we continue to support tests that ensure the safe, secure and effective
performance of the land based portion of the strategic nuclear triad."

The Northrop Grumman-led ICBM prime team includes Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ATK
and more than 20 additional companies. The team supports the Air Force in
overall sustainment of the Minuteman weapon system including development,
production, deployment and system modifications. Northrop Grumman's System
Engineering Support team, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and
Shreveport, La., provides engineering support to execute critical test and
range support functions to Air Force Global Strike Command including analysis
of the test article configuration as it relates to the operational force.

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.
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