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For immediate release: January 8, 2009

MDA to support Canada's DND submarine training

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today it has been awarded a contract worth more than $6 million (CAD) to provide in-service support and enhancements to the VICTORIA Class Trainers for the Canada’s Department of National Defence’s VICTORIA Class Long Range Patrol Submarines. Contributing directly to Canada’s domestic security capability, the submarines also support Canadian Arctic and maritime sovereignty. The contract is for a three year duration, with options for an additional two years.

The use of training simulators improves safety decision-making skills during realistic mission scenarios, in a cost-effective and timely manner.

A key component in DND’s training and simulation environment, MDA’s solution includes training, maintenance and the analysis and implementation of upgrades. This contract will extend MDA’s maritime training business, which already includes DND’s Naval Combat Operator Trainer, and the Submarine Command Team Trainer, along with various international products.

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 information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.

MDA employs more than 3,300 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.

Related Websites:
www.mdacorporation.com

Forward-Looking Statements

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
E-mail: wendy@mdacorporation.com


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