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2015-09-14

Northrop Grumman Corp.: Northrop Grumman's AQS-24B Mine Hunting System Sets New Standard for Synthetic Aperture Sonar

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a U.S. Navy field test,
Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) AQS-24B mine hunting system
successfully demonstrated the ability to perform synthetic aperture sonar
processing at 18 knots in real time.

The AQS-24B was developed at Northrop Grumman's Undersea Systems campus in
Annapolis. The field testing took place at the U.S. Navy Central Command in
Bahrain, May 19-28. The AQS-24B finished 12 for 12 in successfully executing
missions during the test exercise. During separate Tactics Development trials
in Panama City, Florida, the AQS-24B achieved a record long single sortie tow
duration of 16.25 hours from a surface ship.

Northrop Grumman has three decades of in-fleet airborne mine countermeasure
experience with 27 systems fielded. The company was the first to field
electro-optic mine identification, and developed the first long-range
synthetic aperture sonar for mine warfare, the first mine warfare unmanned
surface vessel (jointly with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center) and the first
mine warfare unmanned underwater vehicle. The AQS-24B has significantly
improved image resolution, as well as the speed of real-time sonar
processing.

"The AQS-24B represents a significant advancement of the U.S. Navy's mine
hunting capability, on both the MH-53E helicopters as well as the Mine
Hunting Unmanned Surface Vessels (MHUs)," said Alan Lytle, vice president,
Undersea Systems business unit, Northrop Grumman. "With the AQS-24B, Northrop
Grumman and the Navy have worked together to effectively advance the state of
the art in undersea synthetic aperture sonar."

The U.S. Navy can detect, classify and localize modern-day mine threats
through the AQS-24B's enhanced mine hunting sonar.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visitwww.northropgrumman.comfor more information.

CONTACT: Fernando Catta-Preta
434-974-2736 (office)
434-242-9283 (mobile)
fernando.catta-preta@ngc.com

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Source: Northrop Grumman Corp. via Globenewswire

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