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January 11, 2005 09:18 ET

Bombardier Q300 Selected by Field Aviation for Swedish Coast Guard Maritime Surveillance


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JANUARY 11, 2005 - 09:18 ET

Bombardier Q300 Selected by Field Aviation for Swedish
Coast Guard Maritime Surveillance

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2005) - Bombardier Aerospace
(TSX:BBD.MV.A) announced today that Field Aviation Company inc. of
Toronto has contracted to acquire three Bombardier Q300 aircraft for
conversion to the maritime surveillance mission for the Swedish Coast
Guard.

Field Aviation is the prime contractor to the Swedish Coast Guard for
its next-generation fisheries and environmental surveillance system. L-3
Communications Integrated Systems of Greenville, Texas will provide
sensors and sensor integration. Deliveries to the Coast Guard are
scheduled for 2007.

The sensor package includes surveillance radar, forward looking
infra-red (FLIR), side looking radar (SLAR), infra-red ultraviolet line
scanning, radio wave micromometer and other systems for environmental
monitoring.

"We proposed the Bombardier Q300 as the best available aircraft to meet
Swedish Coast Guard requirements," said Joar Gronlund, Vice-president,
Business Development, Field Aviation Company inc. "The Q300 has ample
cabin space for all of the sensors currently required as well as those
which might be added in the future. The performance of the aircraft,
including cruise and loitering speeds, airfield requirements and mission
endurance, also made the Q300 the ideal choice.

"The Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) in the Bombardier Q300 was of
paramount importance because the aircraft will be conducting missions of
long endurance and a quiet and comfortable working environment is
critical," Mr. Gronlund said.

While the contract announced today marks the first order for a special
mission version of the Q300, Bombardier Dash 8-200 Maritime Patrol
Aircraft (MPA) are now approaching 60,000 flying hours with Surveillance
Australia on behalf of Australian Customs. The Bombardier Q200 has been
selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agency for maritime patrol.

A Bombardier Global 5000 corporate jet aircraft was recently ordered by
the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for conversion to an airborne
research and development laboratory. In addition, five Global Express
corporate jets were chosen by the Royal Air Force in the U.K. for its
ASTOR air-to-ground surveillance system.

"Special mission versions of our corporate and regional aircraft are
becoming an increasingly important part of our business," said Derek
Gilmour, Vice-president, Government and Special Mission Aircraft Sales,
Bombardier. "The combination of robust, reliable airframes and
efficient, cost-effective performance make them prime candidates for
non-airline, non-corporate missions."

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions,
from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation
equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in
Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5
billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto and Frankfurt stock
exchanges (BBD and BBDd.F). News and information are available at
http://www.bombardier.com.

Note to Editors

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in our web site multimedia library at:
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Bombardier, Q300, Dash 8, Q200, Global 5000 and Global Express are
trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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