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CAE develops miniaturised magnetic anomaly detector

07 November 2017

CAE Inc is ready to introduce a miniaturised version of its Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) system that can hunt submarines from small aircraft such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to an executive.

Joe Armstrong, vice-president and general manager of defence and security at CAE Canada, told reporters on 1 November that the legacy AN/ASQ 508 MAD system was so large at 70 kg that it had to be attached to large fixed-wing aircraft like Lockheed Martin’s CP-140 Aurora or P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft. CAE spokesman Chris Stellwag said on 7 November that the sensor for the miniaturised system, known as MAD Extended Role (MAD XR), weighs roughly 1.5 kg, but if a separate computer was required to run the sensor, this would add another 2-3 kg depending on the unit.

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