updated 8/30/2010 9:17:24 AM ET 2010-08-30T13:17:24

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) award from the U.S. Navy to design, deploy and support integrated security solutions for worldwide deployments at high value U.S. Marine Corps and other U.S. Department of Defense locations where security is of vital interest.

Under the five-year Enhanced Tactical Automated Security System (TASS) ID/IQ contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR)-Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., Northrop Grumman will compete for delivery orders with a potential value of more than $39 million for software enhancements, hardware, design, installation and support. This award is a follow-on to a sole source contract issued to the company in September 2007 for $9 million.

TASS is an open-systems, command-and-control platform for the integration of various sensors designed for force-protection missions. Combined with these sensors, the system provides for real-time detection and assessment of an intrusion into a protected area, thus allowing immediate coordination of appropriate response.

"Northrop Grumman has been the primary developer of the TASS system over the past eight years," said Mike Twyman, vice president of Integrated Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. "As a field-proven solution deployed to nearly 100 worldwide locations, we feel confident that this solution will continue to provide our warfighters with wide-area and close-in protection of critical assets, including forward-deployed and domestic bases and air fields, range safety, and tactical flightline protection."

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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