COM DEV Selected To Supply Payload Equipment For SAPPHIRE Satellite

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, July 25 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV)
today announced that it has been awarded a $12.3 million dollar contract by
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to deliver the payload for
Project SAPPHIRE, the first dedicated space mission for Canada's Department of
National Defence (DND). The work will be carried out at the Company's
facilities in Cambridge, Ontario, and is expected to be complete in
approximately two years. Having previously received an Authorization to
Proceed on this program, the Company has included approximately $1.2 million
of the contract value among the new orders reported in prior periods.
    SAPPHIRE's mission will be to continuously monitor the location of
man-made objects and space debris in medium to high earth orbits - 6,000 to
40,000 kilometers. COM DEV will develop the satellite's optical payload
consisting of a telescope for the imaging of distant objects, and a radiation
resistant electronics sub-system that digitizes the images, performs
computations and transmits the compressed data to a DND ground station.
Through very low noise electronics and a compact, efficient telescope, the
SAPPHIRE payload will be able to view and image objects that are far fainter
than the dimmest object detectable by the human eye.
    "Being selected by MDA to supply payload equipment for Project SAPPHIRE
represents another important milestone in our continuing efforts to grow our
civil and military space business," said John Keating, CEO of COM DEV
International. "We believe this DND program demonstrates the kind of
opportunity that new space technology on small platforms offers many Canadian
government departments to provide new, highly cost-effective solutions for the
delivery of public policy requirements. This contract complements the strong
relationship we enjoy with DND and further enhances our close and growing
partnership with MDA."

    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, COM DEV Canada 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.

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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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