COM DEV Announces Win On Major European Commercial Satellite

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, March 24 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a
leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has
received a CDN $4.7 million Authorization to Proceed (ATP) from EADS Astrium
to supply multiplexer and switch equipment for the Eutelsat KA-SAT
communications satellite. COM DEV expects the ATP to lead to a contract with a
total value in excess of CDN $15 million.
    Scheduled for launch in mid-2010, KA-SAT will form the cornerstone of a
major new satellite infrastructure program that will significantly expand
capacity for consumer broadband services across Europe and the Mediterranean
Basin, while providing new opportunities for local and regional television
markets. It will be configured with over 80 spotbeams, making it the most
advanced multi-spot satellite designed in the world to date. A network of
eight gateways managed by Eutelsat, and which will provide access to KA-SAT
and deliver the full range of services to end users, will form an integral
part of the new infrastructure.
    This satellite program represents the first fully dedicated Ka Band
satellite being manufactured for the European market. Ka Band refers to the
frequency at which the signals will be processed, and offers significantly
higher data transmission rates compared to the traditional C and Ku bands
while providing new spectrum for satellite broadcasting.
    "It is central to our strategy to remain at the forefront of new
commercial communications satellite technologies, and as such we are very
pleased to participate in this program which establishes a number of important
new benchmarks," said John Keating, CEO of COM DEV International Ltd. "In
particular, Ka Band represents the fastest growing segment of the commercial
communications satellite market. Manufacturing for Ka Band is technically more
demanding and requires an even higher degree of precision than manufacturing
for the traditional frequencies. We are pleased with the confidence shown in
us by EADS Astrium."

    About COM DEV

    COM DEV International Ltd. ( is a leading global
designer and manufacturer of space hardware subsystems. With facilities in
Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, COM DEV manufactures
advanced products and subsystems that are sold to major satellite prime
contractors for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and
military satellites.

    COM DEV and COM DEV USA are registered trademarks of COM DEV
International Ltd. 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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For further information:

For further information: Gary Calhoun, Chief Financial Officer, Tel:
(519) 622-2300 ext. 2826, Fax: (519) 622-2158,; Jeff
Codispodi, The Equicom Group, Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 261, Fax: (416)

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