updated 8/31/2010 4:45:51 PM ET 2010-08-31T20:45:51

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 31, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a $68 million award to provide personnel for operating Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) systems at forward operating bases (FOB) supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Northrop Grumman received the award as a task order issued under the Encore II contract vehicle from the Defense Information Systems Agency at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The task order has a potential value of $219 million collectively over a one-year base and two one-year options, making the potential period of performance three years.

For more than five years, Northrop Grumman has played an important role in the development, integration, fielding and sustainment of C-RAM systems. Working closely with the U.S. Army, Northrop Grumman helped take the capability from concept to reality in less than 18 months in support of the war efforts in Iraq. The C-RAM capability has since been fielded to multiple FOBs in Iraq and is in the process of being installed in Afghanistan. The C-RAM system is credited with saving hundreds of lives through its ability to provide early warning of incoming indirect fire.

"C-RAM is an incredible capability and we are proud to continue to help protect the warfighter," said Mike Twyman, vice president of Integrated Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. "We remain committed to working closely with our Army customer to bring even more and improved systems to our nation's soldiers."

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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