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For immediate release: March 18, 2009

MDA to modernize another UK local authority land information service

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it will receive $3.26 million CAD to modernize the processing of land information requests coming from the National Land Information Service (NLIS) and provide a seven-year managed service to the newly created Central Bedfordshire Council in Eastern England.

The NLIS modernization initiative aims to significantly decrease response time for land and property information requests to Local Authorities. As part of this initiative, Central Bedfordshire Council will enable requests coming from NLIS to be processed primarily on an electronic basis, further reducing the delivery time. The project will create unified land and property systems from the authorities that are merging to create Central Bedfordshire and provide additional digitized data, as well as improving the efficiency of the land and property based services in Bedfordshire and speeding up the search process.

Other Local Authorities that are undergoing, or have undergone, modernization through MDA’s NLIS Local Authority Modernisation Program (LAMP) in the U.K. include Slough, Liverpool, Telford & Wrekin, South Norfolk, Canterbury, Sandwell, Waveney, Bolton, Redcar and Cleveland, Bromsgrove, Stockport and Babergh.


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 3,200 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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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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