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For immediate release: March 17, 2005

MDA To Provide $14 Million In Topographic Information To Saudi Arabia

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it will provide $14 million CDN in topographic information to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MOMRA) over the next three years through a contract signed between MOMRA and Triathlon Ltd., an MDA subsidiary.

MDA will supply topographic information for all cities and villages in Al Qassim Region. This information will support advanced city planning activities for utilities and municipal services and Cadastral Registration as part of a Kingdom-wide spatial database.

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 worldwide.

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 2,500 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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For more information, please contact:

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

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