Calian Technologies Ltd.
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Calian Technologies Ltd.

April 13, 2009 15:11 ET

Calian's Divisions Sign Long-Term Contracts

KANATA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 13, 2009) - (All amounts in this release are in Canadian Dollars)

Calian Technologies Ltd. (TSX:CTY) is pleased to announce that it's US subsidiary, Calian Technology (US) Ltd. has been awarded long-term contracts from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to continue providing professional, technical, and administrative support services in support of Australia's RAAF Technical Liaison Office. The services will be delivered near the Naval Air Systems Command located in the Naval Air Station Patuxent River and include financial and administrative support, logistical analysis and systems engineering support for both the existing RAAF F/A-18 as well as the new F/A-18 Super Hornet procurement.

The initial contracts cover services as well as operating and facilities costs for 5 years and have a base value in excess of $6 million and could reach over $8 million if all options are exercised. The primary contract also contains a provision for an additional five-year option period, which if exercised could increase the total value of the contract to over $18 million for the ten-year period. This Contract will allow Calian to continue to support RAAF F/A-18 project, a relationship that first began in 1988.

"Our RAAF TLO delivery team has provided exceptional technical service and support to the RAAF over the past two decades. This renewal, which also provides for optional expanded services in support of the RAAF Super Hornet program, confirms the Defence Materiel Organization's high level of satisfaction with our work." said Tom Coates, Vice President and General Manager, Business and Technology Services.

On a similar note, Calian's Systems Engineering Division (SED) recently signed a long-term contract for satellite operations with an undisclosed customer to support their next generation mobile satellite program. Under a 15-year contract, SED will operate satellite gateway equipment which will be located in a purpose-built leased facility adjacent to SED's existing headquarters in Saskatoon. Contract revenues including flow-through costs are expected to be approximately $0.5 million per year.

This signing is in addition to a similar long-term contract previously announced with the Ottawa-based Ciel Satellite Group, to provide operations services for the Ciel-2 satellite for the next 10 years. SED began monitoring and controlling the Ciel-2 satellite following its successful launch in December 2008. The services are also provided from SED's Saskatoon location where its satellite control facilities were recently expanded to accommodate the Ciel requirements.

"We are very pleased to add these long-term contracts to our operations as they capitalize on our satellite communications expertise as well as help to offset the peaks and valleys associated with our traditional project business" stated Brent McConnell, Vice President and General Manager, SED.

About Calian

Calian sells technology services to industry and government in Canada and around the world. Calian provides customers with ready access to an exceptional team of engineers, telecommunications and technology professionals, health care professionals and other highly qualified staff. The Business and Technology Services Division augments customer workforces with flexible short and long-term placements, recruitment and outsourcing of engineering, health care professionals and other skilled professionals. The Systems Engineering Division plans, designs and implements solutions for many of the world's space agencies and leading communications satellite manufacturers and operators, as well as providing contract manufacturing services for customers in North America.

For further information, please visit our website at www.calian.com, or contact us at ir@calian.com

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Certain information included in press releases on this site is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the impact of price competition; the dependence on new product development; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the ability of Calian to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; general industry and market conditions and growth rates; international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the impact of consolidations in the business services industry. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the reports filed by Calian with the Ontario Securities Commission. Calian disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. No assurance can be given that actual results, performance or achievement expressed in, or implied by, forward-looking statements within this disclosure will occur, or if they do, that any benefits may be derived from them.

Contact Information

  • Calian Technologies Ltd.
    Ray Basler
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    306-931-3425
    or
    Calian Technologies Ltd.
    Jacqueline Gauthier
    Chief Financial Officer
    613-599-8600