Magnetic Anomaly Detection
CAE is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and integration of magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) systems. The company has been designing MAD systems, also called the AN/ASQ-508, 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 antisubmarine 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.
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 small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters that are typically deployed on many naval vessels. The ability to add CAE’s MAD-XR to existing naval air assets can greatly increase any navy’s effectiveness as an ASW force.