MDA's surveillance service operation begins in Afghanistan

    RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that MDA conducted its first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight in
Afghanistan on January 1, 2009. Flight operations are now underway from the
Kandahar Airfield for the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). The
service will support Canadian troops by providing critically important
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information directly to
commanders and front line soldiers in real time.
    In August, DND awarded the contract to MDA for a long endurance UAV
surveillance solution to support the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. Only five
months later, this service is operational in Kandahar, Afghanistan and
fulfills a recommendation made by the Independent Panel on Canada's Future
Role in Afghanistan led by the Honourable John Manley.
    David Hargreaves, a vice president within MDA's Information Systems
group, said: 'This key milestone demonstrates MDA's ability to rapidly bring
very sophisticated, cost effective surveillance services that will improve
safety for Canada and NATO and significantly improve operational results.'

    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.

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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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