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Press release from CNW Group

COM DEV equipment launched on Intelsat-21 satellite

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

COM DEV equipment launched on Intelsat-21 satellite10:00 EDT Tuesday, August 21, 2012CAMBRIDGE, ON, Aug. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that the Intelsat 21 satellite was successfully launched into orbit with COM DEV-built multiplexer equipment onboard.Offering communications services spanning four continents, Intelsat 21 will be part of Intelsat's Ku-band global broadband mobility platform, designed to support the rapid growth in demand for broadband connectivity for maritime and aeronautical applications.  The satellite is designed to provide more than 18 years of service and features C-band services for South America, North America and Europe, and Ku-band services for North America, the Caribbean, Brazil, Europe and Western Africa.  Intelsat 21 was built by Boeing Satellite Systems.The satellite was launched by Sea Launch AG on August 19th from a mobile platform positioned at the Equator in the Pacific Ocean."Intelsat 21 is an example of a replacement satellite launched to maintain continuity for existing customers, while at the same time taking advantage of newer technologies to strengthen the company's global service offering," said Michael Pley, CEO of COM DEV.  "Replacement of existing capacity is the main driver of demand for commercial communications satellites.  With our strong market share, more often than not, COM DEV has provided equipment for both the new satellite and its predecessor."About COM DEVCOM DEV International Ltd. (www.comdevintl.com) is a leading global provider of space hardware and services.  With facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, COM DEV manufactures advanced subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and defense applications. COM DEV's majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data services.This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.The triangular logo and the word COM DEV are each registered trademarks and the property of COM DEV Ltd. All rights reserved. Image with caption: "COM DEV On Board: Intelsat 21 is prepared for launch from the Sea Launch Odyssey platform at 154 degrees West longitude (CNW Group/Com Dev International Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120821_C8495_PHOTO_EN_17121.jpgSOURCE: Com Dev International Ltd.For further information: Gary Calhoun Chief Financial Officer Tel: (519) 622-2300 ext. 2826 gary.calhoun@comdev.ca Jeff Codispodi The Equicom Group Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 261 jcodispodi@equicomgroup.com