Icarus Aerospace, CAE Join Forces to Integrate Towed MAD-XR Sensor on TAV Aircraft

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Icarus Aerospace has announced a collaboration with CAE Defence & Security to offer CAE’s MAD-XR magnetic anomaly detection sensor in a towed configuration with its recently unveiled TAV (Tactical Air Vehicle) aircraft platform.

The company claims that the new solution, designated WASP-M, will provide the customers with cost-effective submarine detection and tracking capability.

“By offering CAE’s MAD-XR in a towed configuration we will remove all sources of aircraft interference and provide a superior magnetic anomaly detection solution”, a statement said.

“WASP-M ensures that crew can operate the aircraft in the most demanding scenarios with minimal workload and for prolonged periods of time without excessive fatigue. We bring technology and capability which greatly enhances safety, mission efficiency and ensures success while enabling reduction of crew members on board the aircraft”, the statement added.

CAE’s MAD-XR is a MAD sensor with reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements allowing the MAD system to continue to be used on traditional maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), but also be extended to smaller platforms such as unmanned aerial systems (UASs), helicopters and smaller fixed-wing aircraft.

 Icarus Aerospace TAV (Tactical Air Vehicle)

TAV (Tactical Air Vehicle) is a twin-turboprop multi-role capable aircraft developed by Canadian company Icarus Aerospace.

The design of the TAV is similar to the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco twin-turboprop light attack and observation aircraft developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency (COIN) combat. Both design has the visually distinctive twin booms containing turboprop engines, with the horizontal stabilizer that connects them.

In its baseline configuration, TAV will deploy with two crew in a tandem cockpit that features latest avionics configuration with sensor fusion and network centric capabilities. With a planned payload of 8,000 pounds, TAV will have an unrefueled endurance of 6 ½ hours at its jet-like high-speed cruise.

Designed from the outset to be optionally-piloted, TAV can utilize its innovative software, avionics and systems to meet a wide variety of mission requirements, including battlefield management, communication relay, aerial refueling, re-arm & re-supply and medivac – with crew, remotely piloted or as a fully autonomous system.

TAV is the first in a family of specialized aircraft, including WASP, a mission-oriented version, focused on Close-Air Support (CAS), Maritime & Coastal Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and surveillance, and BRANTA, a long endurance, high-altitude optionally-piloted/unmanned combat air vehicle (OPV/UCAV).

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