Boeing has awarded a subcontract to CAE to provide its AN/ASQ-508A advanced integrated magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) system for eight Indian Navy P-8I Poseidon aircraft.

The AN/ASQ-508A MAD system helps detect, locate and confirm subsurface targets by identifying magnetic variations caused by a submarine in the Earth’s magnetic field.

The system will be integrated with the P-8I’s mission system for operational use during anti-submarine warfare missions.

The P-8I aircraft is a new long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform.

The MAD system is widely used on the Turkish Navy’s CN235s and ATR72s, Canada’s CP-140 Aurora, South Korea’s P-3 Orion, Brazil’s P-3BR, Chile’s C-295 and Japan’s indigenously developed XP-1 maritime patrol aircraft.