MDA wins major surveillance service contract

    RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that a confidential customer has awarded a contract to MDA for a long
endurance unmanned aerial (UAV) surveillance solution to support its deployed
forces. The surveillance solution will be operational in early 2010 for a
period of one year, with options for an additional two years.
    Building on the previously announced successful Noctua UAV service for
the Canadian Forces, under this new contract, MDA will provide a similar
complete turnkey operational UAV service. The new service will include full
operations, maintenance and logistics to provide real-time, multi-sensor
intelligence information directly in the theatre of operation.
    David Hargreaves, a vice president within the Information Systems Group,
said: 'This contract expands MDA's ability to provide advanced turnkey
airborne surveillance services very quickly to customers with urgent deployed
and domestic operational 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 3,200 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. The forward-looking
statements in this regard include statements regarding the award of a
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. 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. The factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking
statements in this release include contracts 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 failure of third parties
and subcontractors; failure of systems to meet performance requirements and
failure to anticipate changes in technology, technical standards and product
offerings or comply with the requisite standards.
    For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or
factors, plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to MDA's
continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian
securities regulatory authorities, which are available online at
or on MDA's website at

    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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