Simrad introduces its new IMO-certified Argus S-Band Radar. A high-performance radar, the Argus has a slim profile that the company says is perfectly suited for vessels over 3,000 gross tons that require an S-Band radar (3 GHz) as part of their carriage requirements.

The Argus S-Band is a long-life, third generation ceramic magnetron 30 kW S-Band radar. With enhanced near range detection of 100 ARPA and 300 AIS targets, the system gives captains the situational awareness that safe and efficient commercial operations require, Simrad says. The pre-wired plug and play installation is simple, the company says, with a direct coupling between the transceiver, the rotary joint and the antenna, effectively minimizing RF loss between the transceiver and antenna and increasing overall performance.

Like the Simard Argus X-Band, the interface with the Argus S-Band console uses a single-ended connector cable that Simrad says allows radar controlling and tuning remotely from the radar display without having to open the radar case, further aiding usability.

 “The Simrad Argus S-Band is the most advanced radar system available,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, Simrad’s parent company, in a Simrad news release. “Adding to our unparalleled X-Band and Broadband systems, we continue our innovation of products for the professional mariner and are the first manufacturer able to offer a radar solution to fit any captain’s needs.”

The Argus S-Band’s solid-state components have a low noise amplifier for a reduced overall noise figure. The radar also includes a masthead transceiver with performance monitor, antenna and core unit with interswitch capabilities, and the ability to accommodate up to four S-Band or X-Band transceivers. The Argus S-Band shares the majority of the modular components with the X-Band models, such as widescreen monitors, keyboard, processor boxes and radar cables, reducing the overall amount of spares that need to be kept onboard, Simrad says. It includes a 2-year limited warranty and is backed by the Advantage Service program.