Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) of Toulouse, France has committed to a RADARSAT-2 information solution.
The solution will be used by the French maritime authorities to continue maritime surveillance of areas of the South Indian Ocean around Kerguelen Island, a territory of France. The primary purpose is to detect illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing ships.
CLS has signed a contract with MDA to upgrade the existing RADARSAT receiving and processing infrastructure to RADARSAT-2. MDA and CLS are working on an agreement to extend the CLS license to continue receiving RADARSAT-1 and to receive RADARSAT-2 upon launch.
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.
CLS, a subsidiary of CNES (French Space Agency), IFREMER (French Research Institute for exploration of the sea) and several French financial institutions, offers satellite services in location, environmental data collection and ocean observation to a broad range of professionals including government, industry and the scientific community.
Better managing fisheries, preserving wildlife, studying climate and oceans, controlling industrial hazards, and ensuring maritime safety are some of the key environmental challenges of the 21st century. Through its renowned expertise and experience acquired from 20 years of operating satellite systems, CLS is a major contributor to global efforts to protect the environment and enhance security.