COM DEV Validates Advanced Space-Based AIS Performance

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV) today
announced that a space-based AIS payload, launched on a dedicated satellite on
April 28, has validated the advanced space-based AIS performance capability
which COM DEV has developed. The system is providing comprehensive advanced
AIS data which enables a level of global vessel detection that is not
achievable by any other known space-based system. The trial has validated
COM DEV's predicted performance levels over large coverage areas. The data
collected is also being used to validate vessel traffic densities and to
characterize any potential interference sources. This data will enable the
design and development of an optimized system for global coverage.
    COM DEV has received expressions of interest from a wide range of
commercial and governmental agencies across the globe and is currently engaged
in conducting technical briefings to define an optimized system solution which
will meet their operational requirements based on the demonstrated advanced
AIS capability. In parallel, Gatehouse has developed a capability to
incorporate the space-based AIS data into the Gatehouse AIS System, thereby
offering an AIS infrastructure capability which seamlessly integrates AIS from
space. Gatehouse AIS applications are now made available with support for AIS
from space. Most notably these include applications related to maritime
safety, surveillance, environmental protection and vessel traffic management
and planning.
    "The advanced space-based capability demonstrated by this satellite fully
validates COM DEV's claims of a superior system which will provide
unparalleled performance for maritime safety, surveillance and environmental
protection," said John Keating, CEO of COM DEV International. "We are
confident the full potential of this system will be recognized by competent
maritime authorities and will result in significant opportunities for the
technology we have developed."

    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.

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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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