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Northrop Grumman Provides Postal Automation Systems for La Poste and Royal Mail

LONDON, May 22 /PRNewswire/ --

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced that its postal automation subsidiary Solystic has been awarded contracts with La Poste (France) and Royal Mail (UK) for the supply and installation of 40 TOP2000 high-performance sorting machines for oversize mail. Each of these state-of-the-art machines will be capable of automatically sorting 38,000 flat mail pieces an hour.

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"Postal operators today face increasing volumes of oversize mail from catalogues to magazines and advertisements. The competition that will result from the liberalisation of the European postal market in 2009 will create a demand for greater levels of productivity, reliability and flexibility," said Pierre-Andre Barriere, chairman and CEO of Solystic. "The TOP2000 machine offers a sorting device that fully meets the market's requirements, based on tried-and-tested technology, reliability and performance. These contracts position the company as a leading supplier in the industry."

The 20 TOP2000 machines ordered by Royal Mail are part of its Flats Automation Project (FAP) and will augment the 11 machines already in service. Each piece of equipment will consist of two entry lines and between 264 and 312 outputs and will include a self-diagnostic system. The first of the new machines is expected to be delivered by November 2007.

La Poste has also ordered 20 TOP2000 machines following the successful trial with a pilot system. The devices will be equipped with two entry lines and 480 outputs. The first six machines will come on line by late 2007. Installation of the 20 new TOP2000 machines represents an important step in La Poste's "Cap Qualite Courrier" modernisation programme.

More than 30 TOP2000 machines are currently in service.

Northrop Grumman's Solystic subsidiary specialises in the design, development, manufacture and integration of mail-processing systems and has been a world leader in the postal market for more than 50-years. Its head offices are based in Gentilly, near Paris, and its production site is located at Bourg-Les-Valence. With 600 employees and customers in more than 20 countries, Solystic has a worldwide presence. Key customers include La Poste in France and Royal Mail in the UK.

In Europe, Northrop Grumman operates from locations in France, Germany, Italy and Norway, providing navigation, air traffic control and postal automation systems. In the UK, Northrop Grumman operates from primary locations in London, Fareham, Coventry, New Malden, Peterborough and Solihull and provides avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems, marine navigation systems, robotics, C4I and mission planning, IT systems and software development.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a US$30 billion global defence and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

SOURCE Northrop Grumman Corporation

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