Russian broadcast satellites contract awarded

by Andy Sennitt.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA) announced today that it has signed a contract in excess of $200 million (CAD) with the Russian Radio Research and Development Institute (NIIR) to provide two advanced technology solutions for the Express AM5 and Express AM6 satellites.

Scheduled to launch in 2012, the Express satellites are designed to provide a large range of broadcasting services, including digital TV, radio broadcasting, multimedia services and mobile communications. MDA will deliver the solutions between Q4 2011 and Q1 2012.

The Express series of satellites are owned and operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company, the major Russian satellite operator, currently operating a fleet of 11 communications and broadcasting satellites.