MDA to Help Russia to Enhance Maritime Safety


MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that RADARSAT-2 information will be used by the Government of Russia to enhance their ability to provide critical information to support disaster relief, improve the safety of maritime navigation, and increase its ability to monitor, and respond to oil spills, etc.

MDA's deliveries of two RADARSAT-2 ground station solutions to ScanEx Research and Development Centre in Russia, included downlinks from the RADARSAT-2 satellite along with maintenance, training and support, for a contract value of over $4 million (CAD). The ground stations are located at the Samara State Aerospace University and the Northern Arctic Federal University, who will utilize the RADARSAT-2 data to support their educational and scientific programs.

David Hargreaves, the vice president responsible for this business said, 'The establishment of this RADARSAT infrastructure in Russia forms a basis for future business growth in both government and commercial markets in Russia and surrounding countries.'

According to the Vice President of ScanEx Olga Gershenzon, 'RADARSAT-1 and RADARSAT-2 offers rapid access to all-weather imagery and surveillance information that Russia can use in monitoring maritime, environmental, and shipping situations, ice cover in the Arctic Region, floods on Russian rivers, and in support of ships navigation though the Northern Sea Route, etc.'

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.

The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

About ScanEx RDC

ScanEx Research and Development Center (ScanEx R&D Center) is the leading Russian company in the remote sensing market that offers a complete set of services ranging from acquisition to thematic processing of Earth observation images from space. Portfolio: designing and manufacturing of hardware/software complexes for spatial data reception and processing, development of software applications for satellite data reception, storage, processing and interpretation, cataloging of world leading remote sensing programs' data, generation of thematic end products, rendering web-mapping services.

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