MDA to field test advanced information solutions for crime scene assessment



    RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that it has signed a contract for $2 million (CAD) through the Chemical,
Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Research and
Technology Initiative (CRTI), a Government of Canada program led by the
Defence Research and Development Canada - Centre for Security Science. The
contract will see the development of an advanced information solution to
assist first responders investigating hazardous crime scenes. The Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will act as the lead federal agency in this
project in partnership with MDA, Toronto Police Service, Hamilton Police
Service, Vancouver Police Department, Defence Research and Development Canada
- Ottawa, Canadian Police Research Centre and York University, who is
assisting with software development.
    MDA's solution will provide real-time data, three dimensional mapping and
situational awareness of hazardous chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear
and explosive substances in crime scenes. Deployed on robotic platforms, the
solution will reduce the need for first responders to enter a contaminated
scene and risk exposure to hazardous or explosive materials.
    Following field trials, preproduction units will be supplied to
responders from the RCMP National CBRNE Response Team in Ottawa, Hamilton
Police Services, Toronto Police Services and the Vancouver Police Department.
    "We are continually evolving our advanced technology solutions for new
commercial markets," commented Steve Oldham, MDA's vice president within the
Information Systems group. "Our knowledge of operating in hostile environments
allows us to offer specialized vision systems for security and surveillance
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 information solutions, ranging from complex
operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic
information products.
    MDA employs more than 3,200 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

    Forward-Looking Statements
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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. The forward-looking
statements in this regard include statements regarding the award of a
contract. Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA's current
expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its
experience and its perception of historical trends. 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. The factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking
statements in this release include contracts not being terminated. Any such
forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from current
expectations. MDA cautions readers that should certain risks or uncertainties
materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results
may vary significantly from those expected. The risks that could cause actual
results to differ from current expectations include failure of third parties
and subcontractors; failure of systems to meet performance requirements and
failure to anticipate changes in technology, technical standards and product
offerings or comply with the requisite standards.
    For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or
factors, plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to MDA's
continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian
securities regulatory authorities, which are available online at www.sedar.com
or on MDA's website at www.mdacorporation.com

    
    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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