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U.S. Air Force awards contract option to SSL

August 08, 2013

Palo Alto, CA - Space Systems/Loral ("SSL"), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was awarded a contract option by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to continue developing and demonstrating affordable design concepts for next generation Protected Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM).

“Our extensive history in developing satellite communications systems positions SSL well to take a fresh look at affordable ways to provide advanced communications capability to the warfighter,” said Eric Spittle, president, SSL Federal. “The award of this contract option is an excellent endorsement of our success in the first phase of the concept exploration process.”

SSL has many years of success addressing changing requirements in mobile communications, broadband, and high definition video broadcasting within the budget and schedule constraints of the commercial marketplace. For SMC’s future Protected MILSATCOM efforts, SSL is leveraging this experience to develop cost-effective solutions for secure SATCOM connectivity for highly mobile platforms such as remotely piloted aircrafts and ground command and control vehicles operating in contested environments.

About SSL

SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Billions of people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit

About MDA

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. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.’s (MDA) common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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Wendy Keyzer

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