• Magnetic Anomaly Detection

  • Magnetic Anomaly Detection

  • CAE is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and integration of magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) systems. CAE has been designing MAD systems for over 40 years and has delivered over 2,000 MAD systems and equipment to military forces around the world.  Most of these systems have been installed on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft, including both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and used primarily for the detection of submarines. With the changing state of warfare, however, there are potentially new applications in the use of MAD technology.   

    Magnetic Anomaly Detection Extended Role (MAD-XR)
    The latest CAE MAD system is called MAD-XR (Magnetic Anomaly Detection Extended Role) and is significantly more compact than previous MAD systems. CAE MAD-XR is a MAD sensor with reduced size, weight, and power requirements allowing the MAD system to be extended to smaller platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft. The CAE MAD-XR prototype was successfully flown in 2013 and its performance matched that of the much larger CAE AN/ASQ 508 MAD system. Following flight testing, the MAD-XR was refined to ensure optimal design for production. MAD-XR will undergo qualification testing in 2015 and 2016 to be ready for production shortly thereafter.

    With the changing state of warfare, there are potentially new applications in the use of MAD technology. CAE has been evaluating the potential use of MAD technology for the detection of concealed metal objects on land. With a MAD system mounted on some type of air vehicle or UAV, the system could detect a variety of targets, such as vehicles or artillery hidden beneath jungle foliage