Minuteman ICBM Commemorates 50 Years of Nuclear Deterrence

Minuteman ICBM Commemorates 50 Years of Nuclear Deterrence

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE:NOC) recently joined the Association of Air Force Missileers to
commemorate 50 years of nuclear deterrence for the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman
intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapons system.

Northrop Grumman has supported the Minuteman ICBM mission through development,
production, deployment, modernization and system sustainment, ensuring the
weapon system's safety, security and effectiveness since its inception.
Presently, the Northrop Grumman-led ICBM prime team includes Boeing, Lockheed
Martin, ATK and more than 20 other subcontractors.

"We salute the Air Force and the Association of Air Force Missileers on this
historic milestone for their storied heritage and lasting legacy of ensuring
peace through strength," said Chris Jones, president, Northrop Grumman
Technical Services. "The nation and the world are safer places today because
of the dedication of the men and women who support the ICBM program."

The Association of Air Force Missileers recently hosted an event at Malmstrom
Air Force Base, Mont., to mark the first Minuteman missile to achieve
strategic alert in response to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Northrop Grumman
employees attended and connected with former Air Force colleagues to discuss
maintenance, security and operations procedures. Many employees working on the
company's ICBM sustainment program are former Air Force service members.

"Our nation's Minuteman force is not the same weapons system deployed five
decades ago," said Tony Spehar, vice president and program manager, ICBM
Systems, Northrop Grumman. "This system is continually modernized using
innovative and affordable approaches that ensure mission success. More than
ever, our nation's ICBM force stands fully mission capable 24/7 to deter and
dissuade potential conflict involving weapons of mass destruction."

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: Michelle Bohlen
         443-558-5067
         michelle.bohlen@ngc.com
        
         Leah Smith
         703-713-4616
         leah.smith@ngc.com

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