MDA books advanced technology contract

    RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that its Montreal operation has signed a contract in excess of $6 million
(CAD) with EADS Astrium for an antenna subsystem for Eutelsat's KA-SAT
satellite. Eutelsat, one of the world's leading satellite operators, will use
KA-SAT for consumer broadband services across Europe, North Africa and the
Middle East as well as for local, regional and HD broadcast services. KA-SAT
will be Europe's first multi-beam satellite operating exclusively in the
    MDA will provide EADS Astrium, KA-SAT's prime contractor, with four
transmit and receive antennas, which will provide the satellite's multiple
gateway and user beams. The antennas will incorporate an advanced feed design
which will enable them to benefit from an enhanced pointing accuracy.

    About MDA

    MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast
amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision
making and operational performance of business and government organizations
    Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential,
MDA delivers a broad spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex
operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic
information products.
    MDA employs more than 3,300 people in locations across the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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    Forward-Looking Statements
    This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which
reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. with
respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and MDA's actual results of
operations could differ materially from historical results or current
expectations. Additional information on these and other potential factors that
could affect MDA's financial results are detailed in documents filed from time
to time with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form
    or content of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604)

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