Northrop Grumman's Fire Control Products Play Key Role in Successful Missile Defense Test

Northrop Grumman's Fire Control Products Play Key Role in Successful Missile
Defense Test

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman
Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) command launch equipment (CLE) software effectively
launched the ground-based interceptor in today's flight test of the U.S.
Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system.

"Our Northrop Grumman GMD team is committed to supporting MDA as they continue
to enhance the integrated missile defense capability needed to defend our
nation, its allies and deployed forces," said Kelley Zelickson, vice president
of Air and Missile Defense Systems.

During the GMD flight test, known as CTV-01, a ground-based interceptor was
launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to test changes that have
been made to the exoatmospheric kill vehicle.

The CLE software controls the interceptor while on the ground, computes the
detailed intercept trajectory and provides it to the interceptor, and at the
appropriate time commands the interceptor's ignition and launch.

"The effectiveness of our fire control products were proven again in this
latest test, continuing our record of meeting all test objectives," said Steve
Owens, GMD operating unit director for Northrop Grumman and deputy program
director for the Boeing/Northrop Grumman GMD team.

Northrop Grumman is responsible for designing and deploying the GMD fire
control products, which include the Fire Control System, In-Flight Interceptor
Communications System Data Terminal, Communications Network Equipment, Network
System Manager and CLE software. Northrop Grumman is a strategic partner, with
The Boeing Company, of the GMD team.

Since 1998, Northrop Grumman's products have met the objectives for all 21
system flight and ground tests. Northrop Grumman has also delivered and
installed all 50 of its contracted products on time every time and, since
2001, under budget.

Northrop Grumman personnel in Huntsville and Colorado Springs, Colo., develop
the GMD products. Harris Corp., a major teammate in Melbourne, Fla., provides
hardware for the in-flight communication system. Approximately 450 people are
employed on this project at these three locations and the deployment sites.

Northrop Grumman also supported the test through its prime contractor role at
the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center in Colorado Springs.
Company personnel provided engineering and communications expertise that
helped the Mission Control Center Facility and the NORTHCOM Command and
Control Battle Management and Communication system execute the mission.
Northrop Grumman engineers also continuously monitored all test executions to
assess the progress and success of the GMD flight test.

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