magnetic anomaly detector


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magnetic anomaly detector

[mag′ned·ik ə′näm·ə·lē di‚tek·tər]
(electromagnetism)
A sensitive magnetometer carried at the end of a boom projecting from the tail of a patrol plane which can detect very small changes in the earth's magnetic field caused by a ferrous object, such as a submerged submarine; used to pinpoint a submarine's location, for effective deployment of suitable weapons. Abbreviated MAD.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

magnetic anomaly detector (MAD)

A sensitive magnetometer that can detect very small changes in the earth's magnetic field caused by a ferrous object, such as a submerged submarine. It is carried at the end of a boom projecting from the tail of a plane and used to pinpoint a submerged submarine or magnetic deposits in the earth.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
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