SIMRAD have announced a new IMO type approved radar solution for use aboard CAT 3 SOLAS vessels, workboats, tugs and coastal fishing boats. The R3016 12U/6X has a 12-kilowatt X-Band transceiver and 6-foot open array scanner, designed for high reliability and low maintenance.

Alongside the 6-foot array comes the new Simrad R3016, a compact control unit with a 1366×768-pixel high-definition 15.6” diagonal widescreen display.  It features  a 180mm highly detailed radar PPI that allows ample space for additional vessel data, radar settings and target tracking information.

SIMRAD say the new system delivers outstanding radar performance for demanding commercial customers.   Built around a new generation digital processing user interface, it features enhanced target tracking capabilies, extremely clear target definition,  and advanced automated tuning controls delivering a power solution in a compact package. The R3016 integrated keypad and rotary control dial with direct-access button,  ensure no-nonsens reliable control of on-screen menus, even in the toughest environment.

The R3016 control unit incorporates the display, controls and processor in a single integrated system – important for smaller vessels with limited space, as it requires no bulky additional PC processor.  Installation costs are  reduced with easily-routed Ethernet cabling and a compact, bulkhead mounted power supply unit.

The R3016 control unit conforms to IPX7 water-resistance standards, in addition, the 12U/6X antenna is designed for maximum reliability, driven by a brushless motor, robust mechanical gearbox and transceiver which incorporates a longlife magnetron.

“The new IMO SOLAS CAT 3 approved radar system brings together our latest radar and display technology,” said Jose Herrero, MD Commercial Division, adding “Our team of developers and engineers continually strive to develop innovations that simplify the user experience, improve operational performance, reducing training time and costs for our commercial clients.”

The R3016 12U/6X IMO SOLAS CAT3 system will be available Q2 2016.