Monday, August 3, 2009

Northrop Grumman Delivers Final, First Stage Rocket Motor Under Land-Based ICBM Propulsion Modernization Program

Northrop Grumman Delivers Final, First Stage Rocket Motor Under
Land-Based ICBM Propulsion Modernization Program
August 3rd, 2009

CLEARFIELD, Utah, Aug. 3, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE:NOC) delivered the final, first stage solid rocket motor for the
Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) July 23 to the U.S.
Air Force under the Propulsion Replacement Program (PRP). The delivery
represents a significant milestone in the continuing modernization of
the ICBM land-based arsenal.

The first stage rocket motor was delivered at teammate Alliant
Techsystems' (NYSE:ATK) production facilities at Promontory, Utah, and
represents the 624th first stage rocket motor delivered under the
10-year PRP contract. Second and third stage motors will continue at
full-rate production, leading to the planned delivery of all production
motors later this month.

Remanufacturing of the motors includes replacing aging
propellant and obsolete or environmentally unsafe materials and
components. Minuteman second and third stage motors are manufactured at
ATK's Bacchus facility in Magna, Utah, with components provided by
ATK's Promontory and Clearfield, Utah, facilities.

"The Propulsion Replacement Program is continuing to meet its
objectives," said James Meyers, vice president and program manager,
ICBM Prime Integration Contract. "We have delivered high-quality
products while meeting cost objectives, and we continue to provide the
Air Force and our nation with the elements necessary to sustain a vital
element of the nation's strategic deterrent."

Replacing aging solid-rocket motor units is one of eight large
Minuteman ICBM force modernization programs managed by Northrop
Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. As the prime integration
contractor, Northrop Grumman supports the Air Force in modernizing and
maintaining the reliability, safety and security of the nation's
land-based Minuteman ICBM weapon system.

Together with its teammates and subcontractors, the company
provides systems engineering, program management, integration, process
discipline, domain expertise, subsystem expertise and full-spectrum
ICBM industrial capabilities. Northrop Grumman manages a team
consisting of three principal teammates and more than 20

The company's ICBM Prime Integration Contract is headquartered
in Clearfield and employs more than 700 people, including teammate and
subcontractor personnel. Northrop Grumman employs more than 1,200
personnel in Clearfield and Salt Lake City combined.

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.

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