Photo Release -- Northrop Grumman Awarded $860.6 Million Contract Modification for CVN 21 Aircraft Carrier Program


NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 30, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received an $860.6 million contract modification to a previously awarded contract for continuation of work on the CVN 21 aircraft carrier program. The base contract modification is valued at approximately $754 million with an additional $106.7 million in options. This additional work brings the total value of the contract to $2.2 billion.

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The company's Newport News sector will perform the work, which includes the continuation of ship design activities, procurement of long-lead time materials to support construction, and advanced construction work on select parts of the ship.

"We are making good progress on the design," said Mike Shawcross, vice president of the CVN 21 program for Northrop Grumman Newport News. "We're more than 50 percent complete with the overall design. This contract modification will carry us through 2007 to the next major milestone when we will establish the construction contract for the first ship in the class, CVN 78."

Advance construction began in 2005 for the CVN 78. This work allows shipbuilders to test the design-build strategy before overall construction begins in 2008.

The CVN 78 class will be a more capable class of carriers. Enhancements being incorporated into the design include flight deck changes, improved weapons handling systems, and a redesigned island, resulting in increased sortie rates; a new nuclear power plant; increased electrical power generation capacity; allowance for future technologies and reduced workload for the sailors, translating to a smaller crew size and lower operating costs for the Navy.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Dellapenta
          Northrop Grumman Newport News
          (757) 380-3558

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