U.S. Air Force to expand capabilities for MDA Flight Path Safety System

RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today it has been authorized to begin work on a number of projects totaling over $5.7 million (CAD) to add significant new capabilities to and refresh the solution technology for a flight path safety system delivered by MDA to the United States Air Force (USAF) in 2004. The Air Force Terminal Instrument Procedures Replacement (AFTERPS-R) system is deployed to more than 190 end-users throughout all USAF Major Commands.

Terminal Instrument Procedures are published instructions to pilots specifying a series of aircraft maneuvers that must be executed for the aircraft to transition safely from an en route airway to a runway, or vice versa, when flying by instruments. The AFTERPS-R system ingests digital terrain, obstruction and aeronautical data to build and display a virtual model of the physical environment surrounding an airport that is then used to develop a safe flight path corridor. The system does this by automatically assessing the complex rules governing the design of procedures and flagging deviations from the rules that result from the physical environment. The deviations are noted by the designer, who can then quickly make modifications to the procedures.

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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.

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SOURCE MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

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


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