COM DEV Successfully Completes Airborne AIS Trials

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV) today
announced that it has successfully completed the airborne validation trials of
its advanced Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver solution. The
trials have validated key aspects of system performance and demonstrated that
COM DEV's receiver solution is capable of extracting a significantly greater
number of AIS signals compared to a standard receiver approach. The results
suggest that such a system, employed in space, will provide a persistent and
predictable level of performance.
    COM DEV is also completing the development of a nano-satellite which is
being built by the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies/Space
Flight Lab. The spacecraft will be ready for launch in the spring of 2008 as
planned and will be deployed in the first space-based validation trial of an
advanced AIS capability designed to deal with large numbers of overlapping AIS
signals. In parallel, COM DEV's strategic AIS partner, Gatehouse, is
developing software that will enable data collected from space to be displayed
and managed as part of an integrated maritime domain awareness picture by
adding the dimension of extended long-range monitoring capability.
    COM DEV has received expressions of interest from a number of maritime
agencies of nations that plan to assess the Advanced AIS system performance in
addressing their maritime safety and monitoring needs.
    COM DEV is confident that its novel and patented solution will exceed, by
a wide margin, the space-based AIS performance of competing AIS receiver
designs. AIS data is intended to be provided only to authorized maritime
authorities in accordance with internationally accepted standards related to
Long Range Identification and Tracking of vessels.

    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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