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Press release from CNW Group

MDA to help US Air Force minimize risk to soldiers in the field

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

MDA to help US Air Force minimize risk to soldiers in the field17:00 EDT Wednesday, September 14, 2011RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that its U.S. operation, MDA Information Systems, Inc. has signed a contract valued at US$1.8 million with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to provide advanced technology solutions for surveying unprepared runways in remote areas.MDA's advanced technology solutions will allow the Air Force to perform critical missions in unprepared landing zones with greater speed and efficiency.  MDA will deliver five portable, lightweight systems that will allow an operator to rapidly measure ground hardness to determine, among other things, the ability of the soil to support the weight of landing aircraft.'Building on our experience with systems for space exploration, we continue to expand our expertise into products for military markets,' said Chris Thayer, the general manager responsible for this business at MDA.  'We look forward to building our relationship with similar devices for future requirements.'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.- ### -Related Websites:www.mdacorporation.comForward-Looking StatementsThis release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") with respect to future events and financial performance.  The forward-looking statements in this regard include statements regarding the award of a government contract.  Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. The factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this release include contracts with any government agency not being terminated.  Any such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. MDA cautions readers that should certain risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. The risks that could cause actual results to differ from current expectations include changes in government priorities, funding levels, contracts and regulations; failure of third parties and subcontractors; and failure of systems to meet performance requirements.For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or factors, plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to the Company's continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, which are available online at www.sedar.com or on the Company's website at www.mdacorporation.com.The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of this release. For further information: CONTACT: Wendy Keyzer MDA External Relations (604) 231-2743 wendy@mdacorporation.com