VANCOUVER, Oct. 6, 2016 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that the Department of National Defence (DND) has exercised an option for a contract announced in June 2016. MDA will provide advanced space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capabilities for the DND Polar Epsilon 2 (PE2) project; a broad-area maritime surveillance system using the Government of Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). The option is valued at CA$15 million (including taxes).
The PE2 ground systems will include ground segment systems with the capability to receive and utilize information from the RCM SAR satellites, currently being built by MDA for the Canadian Space Agency. PE2 will provide the DND with daily maritime information over millions of square kilometers from SAR imagery, all within minutes of imaging.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.
MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.
MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 13 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA."
This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements in this regard include statements regarding the award of a government contract. Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. The factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this release include contracts with any government agency not being terminated. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. MDA cautions readers that should certain risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. The risks that could cause actual results to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to: risks associated with operating satellites and providing satellite services, including satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit failures or impaired satellite performance; changes in government priorities, mandates, policies, funding levels, contracts and regulations; failure of third parties and subcontractors; and failure of systems to meet performance requirements.
For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or factors, plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to the Company's continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, which are available online under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com or on the Company's website at www.mdacorporation.com.
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For further information: Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604) 231-2743, [email protected]