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Ball Aerospace Receives Outstanding Subcontractor Gold Award

March 16, 2006

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. –– Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today honored 38 suppliers and 19 subcontractors for consistently demonstrating excellence in product quality, on-time delivery, competitive pricing and other value-added services.

The company’s Space Technology sector presented Gold awards to many of the best companies in the industry during its annual Supplier Recognition Conference. Suppliers and subcontractors were recognized for developing and delivering a broad variety of complex parts, processes and assemblies, from satellite buses to optical and radio-frequency payloads and components.

Alexis Livanos, president of Northrop Grumman Space Technology, challenged conference attendees to improve overall performance and to deliver predictable quality and value on set schedules. "We offer our customers solutions to tough technical challenges and we cannot rest until we've achieved a 99.9 percent success rate. What we do is just too important to the nation's security and economic well-being."

Space Technology’s rigorous Supplier Rating Program requires suppliers and subcontractors to participate in an ongoing performance assessment. Gold suppliers are selected on the basis of a scorecard that rates each supplier’s management, quality, technical, schedule and financial performance.

Gold status places those honored in a select group of Space Technology suppliers, allowing them to form relationships with the company’s supplier management organization and gain exposure to new project opportunities throughout Northrop Grumman’s business units.

“These suppliers and subcontractors are valued partners in helping us develop and build the world’s most sophisticated, leading-edge space systems and the most powerful and efficient high-energy lasers,” said Jim Myers, sector vice president for payloads and sensors. “Our 2006 recipients have demonstrated the kind of ongoing commitment necessary to meet our standards and those set by our customers.”

Many suppliers have instituted process and quality enhancements that match Space Technology’s process-improvement-driven business approach. “Northrop Grumman’s customers expect quality, on-time delivery, mission success and continuous improvement in affordability, schedule and technical performance and performance predictability from us. Our Gold suppliers partner with us in consistently and predictably delivering this high level of process improvement-driven performance to our customers,” noted John Daegele, sector vice president for production & supply chain.

Subcontractors receiving Gold awards are:

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) Salt Lake City, Utah
Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lexington, Mass.
Ball Aerospace & Technology Corporation Boulder, Colo.
Boeing Satellite Systems Los Angeles, Calif.
Caspian Networks Inc. San Jose, Calif.
DE Technologies Inc. King Of Prussia, Pa.
DKK Company Inc. Ruston, La.
Frontier Electronic Systems Stillwater, Okla.
General Dynamics C4 Systems, Spectrum Astro Space Systems Gilbert, Ariz
Geologics Corporation Valencia, Calif.
Goodrich Optical & Space Systems Danbury, Conn.
Honeywell SSEC Plymouth, Minn.
ITT Industries Space Systems Rochester, N.Y.
Microwave Innovations Newtown, Pa.
MITEQ Hauppauge, N.Y.
Raytheon – Intelligence & Information Systems Aurora, Colo.
Talley Defense Systems, Inc. Mesa, Ariz.
Tesat – Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG Backnang, Germany
Vertical Circuits Inc. Torrance, Calif.

Suppliers receiving Gold awards are:

Actel Corporation Mountain View, Calif.
Advanced EDM Automation Poway, Calif.
AF Brown Electrical Contractors Co. Brea, Calif.
Allan Aircraft Supply Co. North Hollywood, Calif.
Anza Verdes Carpets Lawndale, Calif.
APR Consulting Inc. Diamond Bar, Calif.
ARAMARK Services, Inc. Irvine, Calif.
Bob Lewis Machine Gardena, Calif.
CB Manufacturing & Engineering Huntington Beach, Calif.
Caraway & Cuckler Culver City, Calif.
Coast/ACM Los Angeles, Calif.
Continental Microwave & Tool Exeter, N.H.
Crater Industries Valencia, Calif.
Dielectric Labs Inc. Cazenovia, N.Y.
DUNMORE Corporation Bristol, Pa.
Hasala Engineering, Inc. Gardena, Calif.
Hurlen Corporation Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Jackson Aerospace Gardena, Calif.
Linear Technology Inc. Milpitas, Calif.
Long Beach Valve & Fitting Long Beach, Calif.
McMahan Business Interiors Irvine, Calif.
Midcom Corporation Anaheim, Calif.
Mini-Systems, Inc. N. Attleboro, Mass.
Murray Company Compton, Calif.
Newark InOne Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Pacific National Group Irwindale, Calif.
Polaris Electric Co., Inc. El Segundo, Calif.
Resources Global Los Angeles, Calif.
Solid State Devices La Mirada, Calif.
Technology Advancements, Inc. Playa Del Rey, Calif.
Technovare Systems Inc. Costa Mesa, Calif.
Thiessen Machine Hawthorne, Calif.
Unisource Solutions Pico Rivera, Calif.
Vermac Rancho Dominguez, Calif.
Vision Composites, Inc. Signal Hill, Calif.
Volt Technical Corporation El Segundo, Calif.
YLA Inc. Benicia, Calif.
Yoh Health Care Services Woodland Hills, Calif.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 125,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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