CAE’s MAD-XR Next-Gen Magnetic Anomaly Detection System Enters Production

CAE's MAD-XR magnetic anomaly detection system is significantly more compact than previous MAD systems, allowing it to extend to platforms such as helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and small fixed-wing aircraft (source:  CAE).

CAE's MAD-XR magnetic anomaly detection system is significantly more compact than previous MAD systems, allowing it to extend to platforms such as helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and small fixed-wing aircraft (source: CAE).

DSIAC Note: 

Although CAE's magnetic anomaly detection technology targets enhancing capabilities for missions such as submarine detection and search and rescue, its small size could potentially provide a path forward to enhance other areas such as counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations for maneuvering soldier and small aircraft or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) navigation in GPS-degraded/denied environments.

September 17, 2019 | Source: Naval News, navalnews.com, Xavier Vavasseur, 4 June 2019

CAE announced the company has started production of the CAE Magnetic Anomaly Detection-Extended Role (MAD-XR) system. CAE also announced that the government of Canada has purchased the first unit under the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP).


CAE MAD-XR is a highly sensitive magnetometer designed to sense changes in the earth’s magnetic field. Because of the size and weight of previous MAD systems, which CAE has produced for over 40 years, they were typically installed on large maritime patrol aircraft.  The new CAE MAD-XR is more compact and lighter, thus allowing the CAE MAD-XR to also be installed on helicopters, UAVs, and smaller fixed-wing aircraft.

“Though not as well known as our simulation and training capabilities, CAE has been involved in producing specialized magnetic anomaly detection systems for many years. The new CAE MAD-XR offers the ability to extend the use of this powerful sensor to a range of platforms and provide defence forces with enhanced capabilities for missions such as submarine detection and search and rescue.” ~Joe Armstrong, Vice President, Business Operations, CAE


Related Document

CAE Data Sheet Magnetic Anomaly Detection-Extended Role (MAD-XR)

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