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Tuesday February 22, 2000

Northrop Grumman joint venture and units win contracts

LOS ANGELES, Ca., USA ( Reuters ) - Northrop Grumman Corp. said Tuesday its Longbow Limited joint venture with Lockheed Martin Corp., its Xetron Corp. subsidiary and Northrop's integrated systems and aerostructures unit have won new contracts.

Northrop said the Longbow Limited Liability Co., a joint venture between Northrop and Lockheed Martin, was awarded an initial $25.9 million contract to outfit Republic of Singapore Air Force Apache helicopters with the Longbow multi-role radar system.

Radar system deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2002, in conjunction with helicopter deliveries from Boeing.

The Longbow radar detects, locates, classifies and prioritizes multiple moving and stationary targets on land, air and water in various weather conditions and on obscured battlefields.

Longbow expects more Foreign Military Sales (FMS) orders this year and new FMS and commercial customers over the next several years, Richard Russell, president of the Longbow joint venture said in a statement.

Lockheed Martin and Northrop are equal partners in Longbow and jointly produce the company's fire control radar and Hellfire missile system.


In a separate announcement, Northrop said that its integrated systems and aerostructures group was awarded an $8.6 million sole-source U.S. Navy contract for 72 post-production spare structural components for the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter. Northrop, principal subcontractor to Boeing Co., has produced the F/A-18's center/aft fuselage section and twin vertical tails and has integrated all associated subsystems since the program started in the mid-1970s. Northrop supports F/A-18 Hornets currently operating with 41 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps tactical squadrons worldwide, as well as with the air forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.




Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Joint Venture To Provide Longbow Radar for Singapore Air Force

SINGAPORE, ASIAN AEROSPACE 2000 ( Northrop Grumman Corp. Press Release ) - The Longbow Limited Liability Company, a Northrop Grumman/Lockheed Martin joint venture, has been awarded an initial $25.9 million contract to outfit Republic of Singapore Air Force AH-64D Apache helicopters with the AN/APG-78 Longbow multi-role radar system.

Radar system deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2002, in conjunction with Longbow Apache helicopter deliveries from The Boeing Company.

``The selection of the Longbow multi-role radar by the Republic of Singapore Air Force clearly demonstrates its confidence in the ability of the radar system to enhance both the overall mission effectiveness and survivability of the AH-64D helicopter,'' said William H. Forster, vice president of Northrop Grumman's Land Combat Systems business unit. ``Singapore becomes the second international customer for the Longbow Apache radar, following the United Kingdom.''

Offering high performance with very low probability of intercept, the Longbow radar rapidly and automatically searches, detects, locates, classifies and prioritizes multiple moving and stationary targets on land, air and water in clear and adverse weather and in obscured battlefields.

``As the first Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the Longbow radar, our definitized contract with the U.S. Army to deliver radar systems to the government of Singapore represents a significant milestone in the Longbow program,'' said Richard Russell, president of the Longbow joint venture at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control-Orlando. ``We anticipate additional FMS orders this year as well as new FMS and commercial customers over the next several years.''

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC - news) are equal partners in the Longbow Limited Liability Company and jointly produce the Longbow fire control radar and Longbow Hellfire missile system.

Located in Dallas, Tex., and Orlando, Fla., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, a world leader in electro-optics, smart munitions, advanced combat, missile, rocket and space systems, is an operating element of Lockheed Martin's Systems Integration business unit based in Bethesda, Md. Lockheed Martin Corporation, also headquartered in Bethesda, is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services.

Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense electronics and systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, space systems, marine systems, and automation and information systems. Northrop Grumman Corporation, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., is a world class, high technology company providing innovative solutions in systems integration, defense electronics and information technology for its U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers, as a prime contractor, principal subcontractor, team member or preferred supplier. The company had revenues of $9 billion in 1999 and has a workforce of 45,000 employees.

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