COM DEV equipment launched on ChinaSat 12 communications satellite

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that the ChinaSat 12 satellite was successfully launched on November 28 with COM DEV-built switches on board.

Thales Alenia Space built ChinaSat 12 for Beijing-based satellite operator China Satcom; it carries 24 C-Band and 23 Ku-band high power beams. The satellite will provide communications, satellite broadcasting, data transmission, digital broadband multimedia and media streaming services in China, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia, as well as the Indian Ocean and China Sea regions from its orbital position above the Indian Ocean.

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"ChinaSat 12 adds much needed capacity in the emerging markets of Asia and Africa," said Mike Williams, President of COM DEV International Products. "China Satcom has four more satellites planned to launch in the next two years, demonstrating the continuing high demand for communications capabilities in the region."

The satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan China on November 27 on a Long March 3B3 5 rocket. It has a life expectancy of 15 years.


COM DEV International Ltd. ( is a leading global provider of space hardware and services.  With facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, COM DEV manufactures advanced subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and defense applications. COM DEV's majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data services.

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.

The triangular logo and the word COM DEV are each registered trademarks and the property of COM DEV Ltd. All rights reserved.


Image with caption: "ChinaSat 12 satellite on launch pad (CNW Group/Com Dev International Ltd.)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Com Dev International Ltd.

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Gary Calhoun
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (519) 622-2300 ext. 2826

Craig MacPhail
TMX Equicom
Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 290

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