updated 11/16/2010 7:17:05 AM ET 2010-11-16T12:17:05

ELKRIDGE, Md., Nov. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been named Large Business of the Year by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Small Business Office for the company's significant achievements and contributions to the FAA Small Business Development Program during fiscal year 2009.

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The award was presented by James H. Washington, chief acquisitions officer and vice president for Acquisition and Business for the FAA, at the annual FAA National Small Business Procurement Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show held in Oklahoma City.

Northrop Grumman was recognized for its long-standing support for the FAA Mentor-Protégé Program which is designed to motivate and encourage firms to assist Small Businesses (SB) preferably Small Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Businesses (SEDB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVSB), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Minority Institutions (MI) and Women-Owned (WO) Small Businesses in enhancing their capabilities to perform FAA prime contracts and subcontracts. The program is designed to establish long-term business relationships between these entities and mentor firms, and increase the overall number of these entities that receive FAA prime contract and subcontract awards.

The conference included participation by a representative of Northrop Grumman's Small Business Programs as a panelist.

"We are honored to be selected for this award and pledge to continue our outreach efforts with the FAA as our partners in the mentoring and development of small businesses," said John Jadik, vice president of Communications, Intelligence and Networking Solutions for Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division.

Northrop Grumman has delivered over 500 Enhanced Terminal Voice Switch systems to the FAA and U.S. Department of Defense and utilizes both small and women-owned business suppliers in support of Air Traffic Control mission-critical communications. The company's latest technologies for the National Voice Switch feature Voice-over-Internet Protocol, air-to-ground/ground-to-ground access and full conferencing. The network-centric design utilizes products and services from small businesses in Maryland and New York.

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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