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For immediate release: March 5, 2004

MDA Contracted to Demonstrate Reconfigurable Satellite Ground Terminal

Dartmouth, N.S. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA) announced today that MDA has been awarded a $3.29 million contract from Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) Ottawa for a reconfigurable satellite terminal technology demonstration project.

This terminal technology promises highly flexible information delivery solutions for customers that have limited hardware budgets but broad information delivery requirements. Unlike traditional information delivery systems that require different hardware for each channel, the terminal can be reprogrammed to be compatible with a variety of services without requiring new or different hardware. MDA will be using software reconfigurable transceiver technology from Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (TSX: SSY, NASDAQ: SSPI) in the terminal.

"The technology in the Advanced Satcom Terminal (AST) Technology Demonstration Project could form the basis for a family of satellite ground terminals capable of supporting the Canadian Forces' information requirements," commented Lyle Wagner, AST Project Manager at DRDC Ottawa. "We anticipate that greater collaboration between military, commercial and other government users could be achieved with this highly interoperable, high-bandwidth information delivery system."

QinetiQ Ltd. is also part of the winning bid and will be providing support for the terminal.

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For more information, please contact:

Wendy Keyzer
MDA External Relations
Telephone: 604-231-2743

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