MDA receives advanced technology contract with leading European systems provider



    RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that its Montreal operation has been awarded an advanced technology
multi-million dollar contract by Thales Alenia Space (Thales).
    This contract further establishes MDA's relationship with Thales, a
leading European provider of mission-critical information systems serving the
defence, aerospace and security markets. Under this contract, MDA will supply
data reception and transmission subsystems for two satellites being built by a
consortium of European companies, EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, that
will provide a large range of satellite communications services over
sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa region and beyond.

    About MDA

    MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast
amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision
making and operational performance of business and government organizations
worldwide.
    Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential,
MDA delivers a broad spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex
operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic
information products.
    MDA employs more than 3,000 people in locations across the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

    Related Websites:

    www.mdacorporation.com
    www.thalesgroup.com

    Forward-Looking Statement
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    This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which
reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. with
respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and MDA's actual results of
operations could differ materially from historical results or current
expectations. Additional information on these and other potential factors that
could affect MDA's financial results are detailed in documents filed from time
to time with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form
    or content of this release.





For further information:

For further information: Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604)
231-2743, wendy@mdacorporation.com


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