updated 1/24/2011 11:17:51 AM ET 2011-01-24T16:17:51

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Jan. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide Specialized Test Equipment (STE) and related training support for the MH-60 Seahawk helicopter program at the U.S. Navy's Fleet Readiness Center Southwest.

Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division will provide the STE and training for U.S. Government technicians, subcontracting to Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT),  prime contractor for the U.S. Navy's MH-60 Common Avionics Suite. Once trained, the technicians will be able to utilize the STE to perform depot-level repairs to Northrop Grumman-developed MH-60 cockpit avionics equipment at the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest located in San Diego.

"Northrop Grumman has worked closely with Lockheed Martin and the Navy to develop a customized solution for MH-60 avionics repairs that supports their partnership," said Gorik Hossepian, vice president of navigation and positioning systems, Navigation Systems Division. "Having the necessary test equipment on site will give the Navy greater flexibility in performing repairs and help minimize lifecycle support costs."

Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division offers customized support solutions for current and legacy military and commercial systems, which includes their related test equipment, overhaul and repair, field engineering services, inventory and spares management, and technology refresh.

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.

CONTACT: Gina Piellusch
         Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
         (818) 715-2285
         gina.piellusch@ngc.com

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