MDA Signs Information Solution Contract To Monitor Nuclear Power Plant Subsystems



    RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that it has received a multi-million dollar contract from Ontario Power
Generation (OPG) to replace the information solution that has monitored
performance of the pressure tubes in CANDU reactors at the Pickering,
Darlington, Bruce, Pt. Lepreau and Gentilly 2 Nuclear Generating Stations.
    The company will supply upgraded systems to control the sophisticated
Channel Inspection & Gauging Apparatus for Reactors (CIGAR). In addition, the
company will deliver a test platform used for operator and maintenance
training.
    Paul Cooper, general manager of MDA's Brampton Operations where the
contract will be executed, stated: "We are very pleased with this second
contract from OPG, the first being a contract earlier this year to automate
inspection of the vault which houses the reactor vessel. These contracts
demonstrate the adaptability of our advanced space technology to complex
terrestrial applications."

    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 earth and space based 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.opg.com

    Forward-Looking Statement
    -------------------------
    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: Lynne Vanin, MDA Space Missions, (905)
790-4466; Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604) 231-2743,
wendy@mdacorporation.com


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