COM DEV Completes Successful Ground Testing Of AIS Nanosatellite

    Company also provides update on acquisition

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, March 31 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a
leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has
successfully completed an end-to-end ground-based test of its advanced AIS
payload and nanosatellite. The nanosatellite is an experimental vehicle
intended to demonstrate key elements of COM DEV space-based AIS detection
technology and enable any design changes to be incorporated prior to launching
full operational systems. Recent tests were the last in a series required to
confirm that the spacecraft and AIS payload are operating correctly and
responding to operational commands. The pre-shipment ground testing also
confirmed the ability of the payload to receive AIS data and successfully
transmit it to the ground station.
    The spacecraft is now in the process of being shipped to India for final
integration with the launch vehicle. The launch schedule remains on track with
an expected launch date of late April.
    COM DEV also provided an update on its previously announced acquisition
of the Passive Microwave Devices product line from L-3 Communications. The
Company was recently informed that the Committee for Foreign Investment in the
United States (CFIUS) is not expected to issue a ruling on COM DEV's
submission before the end of April. The closing of the acquisition is
conditional upon a favourable ruling.

    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: 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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