Avionics Report

December, 2006 Issue

Radar’s Big Comeback: Display Options are Key

Despite affordable datalink options, ship’s radar is enjoying a modest rejuvenation. Here’s what to consider before buying.

In the avionics business, we seldom see renewed demand for old technology. Avionics capability remains status quo for long periods, suddenly advances in great strides, then plateaus again. But just a few years ago, we assumed the demand for airborne or ship’s weather radar was history, gone the way of ADF and 360-channel comms. Datalink weather radar is cheaper, works better and even offers the option of entertainment channels for a few bucks a month…

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