MDA Joins General Dynamics Canada Team to Deliver Halifax Class Modernization

    CSI Halifax leveraging all-star team of more than 6,000 Canadian-based

    OTTAWA, March 17 /CNW/ -- General Dynamics Canada today announced that
Vancouver-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA) has joined
the CSI Halifax Team that is bidding on the Canadian Navy's $1.1 billion
Halifax Class Modernization - Combat Systems Integration (HCM-CSI) program to
upgrade Canada's fleet of twelve frigates. Led by General Dynamics Canada, MDA
is the latest addition to the team that also includes Thales, Raytheon
Integrated Defense Systems and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.
    As the Canadian Navy's existing prime contractor for the Naval Combat
Operator Trainer, MDA has an intimate knowledge of the combat systems on both
the HALIFAX and IROQUOIS class fleets. This experience will be leveraged to
ensure the Canadian fleet has the ongoing tools and skills needed to maintain
maximum operational availability during the modernization program and into the
future. MDA will also utilize its current experience to maintain training-
system currency and contribute to In-Service Support during the legacy period,
and seamlessly transition the systems to the new Command and Control System
(CCS) configuration.
    With a coast-to-coast Canadian presence including facilities in
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec; Aurora, Brampton and
Ottawa, Ontario; and Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., MDA further strengthens the
Canadian footprint of the CSI Halifax Team, which is leveraging the combined
talents of more than 6,000 Canadian-based employees to offer the Navy a
uniquely Canadian solution.
    Canada's twelve HALIFAX Class frigates, which were commissioned between
1992 and 1996, form the backbone of the Canadian Navy's surface combat force.
The ships are now in need of an upgrade to handle naval threats that today are
faster and stealthier.  The CSI program is critical to ensuring that Canada's
Navy has the enhanced command and control capabilities to lead domestic and
multi-national maritime operations. MDA's Maritime Command Operational
Information Network (MCOIN), already operational with the Canadian Navy, will
be integrated with the CSI Halifax Team's state-of-the-art customized CCS
provided by Thales in a multi-level secure environment to provide a proven,
flexible and scaleable capability.
    As prime for HCM-CSI, General Dynamics Canada is leveraging 60 years of
large scale Canadian program management, CMMI Level 5 systems engineering and
integration expertise, and significant in-country resources-capabilities
critical to successfully delivering the complex, multi-decade program to the
Canadian Navy.
    "The HCM-CSI program is a generational opportunity to ensure that the
Canadian Navy can continue its proud tradition of providing for Canada's
security at home and showcasing Canadian maritime leadership to the world into
the 21st century," said John Watts, president of General Dynamics Canada.
"With the addition of MDA we further strengthen the team by adding the
training tools and Canadian expertise critical to implementing this change
with continuity while ensuring ongoing operational fleet availability for the
Canadian Navy."
    "MDA believes that joining our world-class naval capabilities with the
highly complementary capabilities offered by the CSI Halifax Team makes our
combined solution more comprehensive," said David Hargreaves, vice-president
of MDA's Integrated Information Solutions business unit. "MDA's team of
software and systems engineers has been living with the existing combat
systems for years, giving us the ability to understand the operational needs
and develop solutions with the Canadian Navy. As part of the CSI Halifax Team,
we are uniquely positioned to continue to provide that experience and
expertise and to deliver this project to the Canadian Navy."
    The Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to
upgrade the frigates, including the HCM-CSI program that will replace the
Command and Control system and provide enhanced support to the Command Task
Group (CTG) at sea. Bidding companies have 120 days to respond to the RFP.
    About General Dynamics Canada
    With an established Canadian presence for 60 years and over 2,200
employees in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax, General Dynamics Canada is Canada's
largest defence electronics company with a worldwide reputation for excellence
in the production of leading-edge, technology-based, integrated solutions for
land, airborne and maritime applications. The company's success is based on
strong system engineering experience, ongoing investment in research and
development, collaboration with commercial and military systems industry
leaders, and a singular focus on customer service. A dedicated team of
scientists and research engineers within General Dynamics Canada continually
investigate, develop, and vet new ideas and technologies to ensure that the
company delivers the most advanced systems, equipment and capabilities to meet
customer needs.  More information about the company is available at
    About General Dynamics
    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, USA, employs
approximately 83,500 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2
billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and
expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine
systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the
company is available online at
    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 3,000 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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