updated 3/23/2011 8:46:00 AM ET 2011-03-23T12:46:00

CARSON, Calif., March 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for a delivery order for the B-1 Bomber aircraft mission planning capability on the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) platform. The delivery order has a potential value of $26 million, if all options are exercised.

The JMPS is a family of scalable, extensible and configurable tools and decision aids that automate planning for sensor, weapon or aircraft missions ranging from day-to-day training and proficiency flying to peacetime operational/exercise sorties and complex combat scenarios.

Northrop Grumman will develop, maintain and integrate planning components unique to B-1 Bomber missions into JMPS and integrate with other mission planning environment components necessary for the fielding of the capability. The delivery order was awarded under the Mission Planning Enterprise Contract II from the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

"We have been privileged to maintain a close relationship with the B-1 Bomber community that gives us insight into the warfighter's perspective," said Mike Twyman, vice president of integrated command, control, communications and intelligence systems for Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "This is especially important as mission planning and execution cycles become a continuous process. We remain committed to being responsive to the warfighter's needs to drive the features and capabilities we deliver."

For more than a decade, Northrop Grumman has played an important role in the development of advanced mission planning systems. The company's open-architecture approach to the JMPS offers third-party integrators a robust capability to reconfigure, substitute and extend application functionality. This has enabled common mission planning across services, platforms, weapons and sensors. 

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: Sudi Bruni
         Northrop Grumman Information Systems
         (858) 592-3407
         sudi.bruni@ngc.com

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