09/07/2012 01:12 EDT | Updated 11/06/2012 05:12 EST

MDA extends surveillance contract for Australian defence force

RICHMOND, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX:MDA) says one of its contracts with the Australian military have been extended and another amended.

The first contract extends MDA's unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance service for the Australian force in Kandahar Airfield for an additional two years.

The second contract provides for a three month assessment activity that will provide critical information in support of Australia's efforts in Afghanistan.

The Richmond-B.C.-based company says the combined contract value of the two deals is in excess of $100 million.

MDA has been supporting the Australian forces by providing important real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to ground commanders since January 2010.

MDA delivers a spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.