Military Embedded Systems

Magnetic anomaly sensor system to equip MH-60R helicopters


November 24, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy photo.

TAMPA, Fla. CAE announced it has won a subcontract by Lockheed Martin to supply the CAE Magnetic Anomaly Detection-Extended Role (MAD-XR) system for U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopters.

According to the company, CAE MAD-XR is a sensitive magnetometer designed to sense changes in the earth’s magnetic field and is used as a sensor to detect submarines.  Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is the lead systems integrator for the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Romeo helicopter, which is the Navy’s primary anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter.

Under terms of a Phase 1 contract from the U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin has responsibility to integrate the CAE MAD-XR into the MH-60R helicopter. CAE will provide the MAD-XR system and support Lockheed Martin with non-recurring engineering and integration services. Initially, a total of six MH-60R helicopters will be integrated with the CAE MAD-XR during Phase 1.

The CAE MAD-XR is designed to be a more compact than previous MAD systems with reduced size, weight, and power requirements. This design is intended to allow the CAE MAD-XR to be extended to smaller platforms such as unmanned aerial systems, helicopters, and small fixed-wing aircraft.


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