General description

The vehicle-towed magnetometer system MAGNETO MX is a rugged and highly sensitive magnetic gradiometer system (tension band technology) with DGPS integration which is used for the detection of ferromagnetic objects in the ground such as ERW. It is designed for UXO detection in large and medium sized areas and can be used under severe conditions. It is also possible to adapt the system for underwater applications. The base of the system is a modular carrier having a width of 2m which can be extended to 4m. Eight to 16 magnetometer probes can be fixed to this carrier either at a sensor spacing of 25 cm or 50 cm. For data logging, a data acquisition unit is being used which simultaneously logs the measurement values and the DGPS data. All data is displayed on the data acquistion unit in real time. Thus the operator can navigate freely in the field. When having finished the survey, data interpretation can be carried out directly on the data acquisition unit. Alternatively the data can be transferred to a standard PC, where the digital data is being processed and interpreted by the SENSYS MAGNETO software.

Working characteristics

The probes of the MAGNETO MX system are equipped with two single-axis fluxgate sensors. These sensors detect the magnetic interference field which is created by a ferromagnetic object. The detected value is indicated on the display of the rugged tablet PC. The indicated value depends on different parameters e.g. the size of the ferromagnetic object, its position in the ground, its magnetic permeability and its own magnetic field.

Detectors in use to date

Since 1996 the MAGNETO MX system is in service with many commercial ordnance disposal organisations in various countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Kosovo, United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, etc.

Power supply

The MAGNETO MX system is equipped with a 12V standard car battery. Operating time depends of number of connected sensors as well as on the used DGPS.

Factory support

SENSYS offers training on customer's sites, but also on its premises in Neu Golm, Germany where a special test area can be used. Manuals for the MAGNETO MX system are available in English and German (other languages on request).

Maintenance and support

There are no special requirements for technician or workshop facilities. No special tools are needed for setup. Detailed explanations on the setup and maintenance of the MAGNETO MX system can be found in the manual. All spare parts for the MAGNETO MX system are in stock. Repair and maintenance is carried out at the SENSYS premises in Neu Golm, Germany. In urgent cases the repair of the devices can be carried out within 48 hours.

Test and evaluation

Different in-house test reports can be provided by SENSYS on request.

Technical specification


MAGNETO MX (standard vehicle for eight to 16 probe scanning)
Available for purchase until
Detection technology used
Metal Detector using Fluxgate Magnetometers (Tension Band Technology)
Detector systems
UXO detectors - Magnetometor detectors

Dimensional data

Working length

Min. length
2'000 mm
Max. length
4'000 mm

Search head

850 mm
0.72 kg

Transport case

/ mm
Hard | Soft case (material)
Reusable wooden transport boxes with locks
Weight, additional equipment
Weight, distribution/balance
Other specifications

System status and deployment

In development
Detectors systems in use to date
Other types/models
MAGNETO MX digital for UXO detection
Location of use
The system can be used for land and underwater application. The system has been used in various countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Kosovo, United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, etc.

Environmental influence

Humidity (limitations)
No limitations
Water resistant
Shock/Vibration resistant
Environmental compensation

Temperature (limitations)

-40 to +70 °C
-20 to +60 °C

Operational hours/Operating endurance

At around 0°C
Depends on system setup and customers requirements
At around 20°C
Depends on system setup and customers requirements
At around 30°C
Depends on system setup and customers requirements

Detection operation

Calibration / Set-up

A few seconds

Detection range/Sensitivity details/Detection performance / Working depth

Small metal content mines
Anti tank mines
Depending on size and material of mine
Depending on size and material of ERW
Output indicator (sound/display/other)
On screen of data acquisition unit or on regular PC with data evaluation software MAGNETO®
Pinpointing feature
Adjustment of search head angle
The system carrier to which the probes are fixed can be adjusted manually by modifying the draw bar position.
Soil influence
Limited in ferruginous soil (laterite)
Best use in
Sand Sand
Peat Peat
Clay Clay
Ferruginous soil (laterite) Ferruginous soil (laterite)
Optimal sweep speed
Search coil/antenna
Only to be used for detection of ferromagnetic objects and in areas that are accessible by a drawing vehicle.
Interference (with other detectors)


Power supply/source
12V car battery
Operating time
Depends on system setup and customers requirements

Power supply

Depends on type of battery being used.
12V car battery
Use of rechargeable car batteries is possible


Base price for the unit (US$)

For one detector
On request
Reduction for higher quantity
Price with training

Complete system price (US$)

Price with training in factory
On request
Price with training in field
On request
Spare parts
On request
Extended warranty
On request
On request
Possible to rent


Duration of warranty
12 months
Additional equipment
Data evaluation software MAGNETO®, DGPS
Additional technical data

Approved by

Approved by ITEP
Approved by CWA
In-house tests based on MIL810G
Compliant standards
Military , Civil
Record updated on : 01 August 2012 Record id : 638

The GICHD would like to thank the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for its generous financial support for this project.