MDA expands services to Countrywide

    RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that it has renewed and expanded its contract with Countrywide Estate Agents
(Countrywide), a wholly owned subsidiary of Countrywide plc in the UK. Under
the expanded contract, MDA will become the sole supplier of Home Information
Packs (HIPs) across all Countrywide's subsidiaries in England and Wales.
Countrywide plc is the UK's largest and most successful estate agency and
property services Group, operating more than 1,000 associated branches across
the UK. Under the same contract, MDA's UK subsidiary xit2, a provider of
valuation exchange solutions, will expand its automated interfaces with
Countrywide Surveyors.
    MDA Advantage is a leading Home Information Pack provider in the UK,
providing HIPs since August 2005, which makes them the first and most
experienced electronic HIP manufacturer in the UK. They are also the only pack
provider to be endorsed by all of the following organisations: the Law
Society, National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and NHBC, the UK's
leading warranty provider for new homes.
    MDA's valuation solution is a proprietary Internet-based
business-to-business solution, which connects the country's lenders with
surveyor panel managers and their panel of chartered surveyors (the equivalent
of appraisers in North America). Through this solution, MDA manages the
interface between lenders and surveyors, which include surveyor selection,
secure electronic document exchange, valuation report generation, payment
disbursements, and Quality Assurance services to ensure full compliance with
the lender's requirements.

    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.

    About Countrywide

    Countrywide plc is the UK's largest and most successful estate agency and
property services Group, with more than 1,000 associated branches across the
UK. The Group sold (pnds stlg)14.5 billion worth of property in 2007 and
arranged more than (pnds stlg)7 billion mortgages.
    As a leading provider in mortgage services, estate agency, lettings,
surveying, land and new homes, corporate property management, auctions,
franchising and legal services, our network of expertise assists customers
throughout the UK and overseas.

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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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