COM DEV Europe announces contract to supply equipment for oceanography satellite

Ferrite switch success continues

AYLESBURY, UK, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - COM DEV Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of leading space hardware manufacturer COM DEV International (TSX: CDV), today announced the signing of a contract, valued in excess of €3 million, with Thales Alenia Space of France to provide ferrite-based switching payload equipment on CFOSAT, a joint French / Chinese ocean wind and wave monitoring satellite. COM DEV will supply a Ku-band duplexer and Ku-band switch matrix for the wave-scatterometer spectrometer (SWIM) instrument, which will measure wave activity on the ocean surface.

"We are delighted to continue our strong relationship with Thales Alenia Space in the signing of this contract," said Rob Spurrett, Managing Director of COM DEV Europe. "We are seeing an increased worldwide demand for a European-sourced alternative for this type of ferrite switch equipment. This demand is presenting us with significant new opportunities."

Ferrite switches allow the rapid switching of microwave power with no moving parts for applications where very fast switching at high repetition frequencies is needed. COM DEV Europe Limited has a long and successful history of supplying ferrite switch equipment to Thales Alenia Space and other primes for Earth observation and telecommunications applications. Regarding a recent successful mission on which COM DEV ferrite switch equipment was used, Mr Spurrett declared: "The stunning results obtained by the SIRAL instrument on the Cryosat mission demonstrate the high performance that we are achieving with these complex units."

About COM DEV Europe

COM DEV Europe (CDE) is subsidiary of COM DEV International, a leading global designer and manufacturer of space hardware subsystems. Founded in 1985 and based in Aylesbury, United Kingdom, CDE supplies complex equipment, technology solutions and subsystems for space applications with equipment supplied on over 75 space programmes. Its customer base includes all the major space satellite providers as well as government institutions.

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.

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SOURCE Com Dev International Ltd.

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Contact information:            
             
Rob Goldsmith           Gary Calhoun
Business Development Director           Chief Financial Officer
COM DEV Europe           COM DEV International
Tel:  +44 1296 616420           Tel:  +1 519-622-2300 ext. 2826
rob.goldsmith@comdev.co.uk           gary.calhoun@comdev.ca
             
Jeff Codispodi            
The Equicom Group            
Tel: +1 416-815-0700 ext. 261            
jcodispodi@equicomgroup.com          

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