Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) is equipping Marines with the new and improved Magnetic Intrusion Detector II used to detect vehicles and rifle-sized targets traveling within their electromagnetic fields, the command said Monday.
The MAGID II is 50 percent smaller, 30 percent lighted, uses 32 percent less energy than its predecessor, and is easily concealed. The detector provides ground sensor platoons with remote surveillance using unattended sensors, MCSC said. The device was fielded six months ahead of schedule beginning in June, it said.
“We fielded the MAGID II early to Marine Corps intelligence squadrons,” John Covington, project officer for the Tactical Remote Sensor System in MCSC’s Marine Intelligence program office, said in a statement.
“The modernized MAGID provides not only target detection and direction information, but also magnetic disturbance readout, indicating the size of the target,” he added.
The MAGID II is part of the Marine Corps’ Unattended Ground Sensor Set (UGSS) as a component of the Tactical Remote Sensor System.
MCSC said that the new detector is multidirectional, compared to its unidirectional predecessor. Previous versions could not detect moving objects not in its line of sight.
MAGID II with its magnetic detection is meant to work together with a larger suite of UGSS devices that detect seismic, acoustic, and infrared activity.
“MAGID II is important because it opens up the battle space awareness of the unit commander with information they would normally not have. Without remote sensors, the intelligence obtained would only be accessible if designated personnel were stationed in the location doing surveillance.” Covington said.
The MCSC Marine Intelligence program office works to provide integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities to Marine intelligence units.
The MAGID II was developed by L-3 Communications [LLL].