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For immediate release: May 19, 2006

MDA To Provide Information Solution To United Nations In Support Of Drought Insurance For Ethiopia

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today the award of a contract by the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP), for the delivery of daily rainfall information used to determine drought insurance payments for Ethiopia.

This contract is in support of an innovative new UNWFP pilot project to provide insurance against crop failure and associated humanitarian disaster resulting from drought.

Under this contract, MDA will analyze and process daily precipitation data received from 26 sensors installed across Ethiopia, and check this data against climatological models and against rainfall information derived from satellite data. The resulting daily information product delivered to UNWFP consists of precipitation values for the 26 locations certified for use in insurance claim settlement.

The success of this pilot project could potentially result in an expansion of this type of insurance and settlement process across the whole of Africa's drought prone agricultural regions.

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 2,700 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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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 more information, please contact:

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

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