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Attention Business/Financial Editors: MDA Responds to Bloomberg Report

October 20, 2010

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, wishes to clarify a Bloomberg report issued today. The Company has nothing to disclose at this time. As part of its normal practice, MDA continually evaluates strategic alternatives relating to its various businesses to increase shareholder value. Such alternatives may include various merger and acquisition transactions that are considered to be in the best interests of the Company. The Company is not evaluating a sale of its Systems division or any portion thereof.

Any announcements regarding strategic alternatives are disclosed in accordance with all applicable legal and regulatory 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.

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The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of this release.

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