CAE (Booths 1611 and M11) has launched production of its MAD-XR (Magnetic Anomaly Detection – Extended Role) system, the company announced today. The Canadian government has also purchased the first unit under its Build in Canada Innovation Programme (BCIP).
Although best known for its role as a training system provider and services integrator, CAE has also been producing MAD systems for more than four decades. The MAD-XR is the latest product, a highly sensitive magnetometer that detects changes in the earth’s magnetic field created by large metallic objects such as submarines.
Whereas earlier MAD systems were large and relatively heavy, requiring them to be carried by large maritime patrol aircraft, MAD-XR is compact enough and light enough to be installed on a range of platforms, including helicopters, small fixed-wing aircraft and UAVs.
Canada’s BCIP scheme is an initiative to assist Canadian companies transitioning state-of-the- art products from research and development into the marketplace. The MAD-XR unit acquired under the BCIP will be initially tested and evaluated in the Convair CV-580 flown by the National Research Council before it is installed in a Nebula UAV operated by the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The trials will assess its suitability for Royal Canadian Navy applications, and its ability to operate on an unmanned platform.
MAD-XR has also been tested on a Sikorsky MH-60R of the US Navy as part of a CRADA (Cooperative Research And Development Agreement) project between CAE, Lockheed Martin and the US Navy to assess its potential as part of the MH-60R’s sensor suite. In addition to the MAD-XR news, CAE has announced that it has been awarded a subcontract by Lockheed Martin Canada to start work during the design phase of the CSC warship programme.
The company will support combat systems training needs analysis and training media analysis that will contribute to the overall CSC training system design. Moreover, CAE will provide human factors engineering and professional services to input into the design of critical spaces aboard the ship, as well as support the establishment of an integrated data environment.
The prime CSC contractor is Irving Shipbuilding, with Lockheed Martin Canada winning the design contract with support from BAE Systems, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics. The CSC is based on BAE Systems’ Global Combat Ship and will include Lockheed Martin’s Canada-developed CMS 330 combat management system.