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. CAE has also continued with MAD software development to provide continuous compensation, closest point of approach determination and longer range detection. Continuous compensation is a popular feature as it eliminates the need for dedicated aircraft maneuvers thus reducing fuselage fatigue and crew discomfort.
AN/ASQ 508A Advanced Integrated Magnetic Anomaly Detection System (AIMS)The CAE MAD system is called the advanced integrated MAD system (AIMS), which is also designated by the military nomenclature AN/ASQ-508A. Most of the CAE MAD 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.
Magnetic Anomaly Detection Extended Role (MAD-XR)The latest CAE MAD system is called the CAE 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 is scheduled to be completed in 2012 and will be ready for production immediately 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