MDA to provide communication subsystems to be used on the International Space Station
Media Release: March 30, 2017
Vancouver, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has received an Authorization To Proceed from The Boeing Company for the provision of three Ku-Band communication subsystems that will replace aging Ku-Band communication subsystems. The new subsystems will interface with the existing International Space Station (ISS) Space-to-Ground Antenna, previously provided by MDA. The contract includes an option for an additional subsystem, which if exercised, brings the full contract to approximately CA$30 million.
The contract includes a prototype and test unit. The communication subsystems will offer improved technology and performance and support the long-term mission of the ISS with improved communication capability between the ISS and Mission Control Centres on Earth.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.
MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.
MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA."
This 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 MDA receiving an authorization to proceed (“ATP”) for work related to a satellite communication subsystem. 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 the ATP not being terminated and the ability to reach final agreement on the subsequent contractual terms and conditions. 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, but are not limited to: risks associated with satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of MDA’s end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers, performance of suppliers and management of MDA’s factory and personnel; failure of third parties and subcontractors; failure of systems to meet performance requirements; and failure to anticipate changes in technology, technical standards and offerings or compliance with the requisite standards.
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