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For immediate release: October 4, 2005

MDA Information Solution Potentially To Be Used By Military

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has signed a contract with the Government of Canada to support Defence Scientists at Defence R&D Canada-Ottawa (DRDC-Ottawa) in the development of a solution that derives military information from RADARSAT-1 imagery. "This project is one of the many initiatives DRDC has undertaken to provide the Canadian Forces with relevant and timely technologies," said Malcolm Vant, Director General, DRDC Ottawa.

Canadian Forces use images obtained from Earth-orbiting satellites to derive information about the surface of the Earth. Observation satellites using radar waves are capable of gathering imagery even at night and under bad weather conditions.

This cooperation with DRDC, a Special Operating Agency under the Department of National Defence (DND), advances MDA's expertise in providing robust information solutions that transform volumes of data to information used for critical decision-making. The initial work is valued at over CAD $1.3 million.

About MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (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, 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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