COM DEV Awarded AIS Micro-Satellite Contract with Canadian Government

    Mission will support Canadian sovereignty, safety, security and
    communications needs

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, June 23 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a
leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, announced today that it has
been awarded an $8.6 million contract to design, build and launch a
micro-satellite for the Government of Canada. The Maritime Monitoring and
Messaging Micro-satellite (M3MSat) is a technology demonstration mission
jointly funded and managed by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)
and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The spacecraft will support Canadian
sovereignty, security, safety and communications needs within the territorial
and maritime regions of Canada and beyond.
    M3MSat will make use of the multi-mission micro-satellite bus concept
recently defined by the CSA. COM DEV has announced the commencement of an
internally funded program to develop a class of micro-satellites capable of
meeting the CSA's objective of launching a range of missions using a common
    M3MSat is expected to demonstrate the full capability of advanced
spaced-based AIS (Automatic Identification System) technology developed by COM
DEV. AIS signals are broadcast from the world's major marine vessels for
navigation and identification purposes, but currently they are only collected
by other ships and land-based receivers within a 50 nautical mile range.
Collection of the signals from space using COM DEV's unique AIS technology,
which exceeds the performance of any other known system, would enable an
unprecedented global view of the world's shipping traffic.
    A secondary communications payload will be operated on M3MSat to
demonstrate a range of low data rate applications that can support Canadian
civil needs as well as commercial requirements. The micro-satellite is
expected to be launched in 2010.
    "We believe micro-satellites will prove to be a very useful platform for
meeting some of the fundamental national priorities of a country like Canada,
where geography dictates that many applications are more effectively
undertaken from space than they can be from the ground," said John Keating,
CEO of COM DEV International Ltd. "We are very excited to be involved at the
beginning stages of the CSA's micro-satellite initiative as well as DRDC's
space systems R&D effort, and we view our selection for this mission as an
important endorsement of our AIS technology."

    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, COM DEV International Products, COM DEV USA and COM DEV Europe
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.

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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