MDA To Support Arctic Surveillance By National Defence

    RICHMOND, BC, June 4 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that it has signed a contract for CAD $2.8 million with the Canadian
Department of National Defence to conduct the Definition Phase for project
Polar Epsilon. Polar Epsilon is a CAD $60 million planned project for
space-based, day and night surveillance of Canada's Arctic and its ocean
    Polar Epsilon will use essential information collected by MDA's advanced
RADARSAT-2 satellite mission. The Definition Phase will define the system
requirements and design of two new RADARSAT-2 satellite ground stations. When
the main phase of the project proceeds, the stations will be built and
installed on both the east and west coasts of Canada in advance of Polar
Epsilon becoming operational. The scope of the contract also includes the
definition of an information solution to control the specialized RADARSAT-2
maritime surveillance beam capability for the purpose of ship detection.
    David Hargreaves, vice president within MDA's Information Systems group
said, "We are very pleased to be the primary information solution partner for
Polar Epsilon. The planned use of MDA's RADARSAT-2 data and systems by the
Department of National Defence has the potential to dramatically improve
Canada's ability to monitor its vast ocean approaches and remote Arctic

    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 earth and space based 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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    Forward-Looking Statement
    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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