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Furuno unveils new radar

Furuno introduced its new DRS6AX “X-Class” Radar, which it said brings a refined 6kW open array to NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2.

Furuno introduced its new DRS6AX “X-Class” Radar, which it said brings a refined 6kW open array to NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2.

For fishermen, the company said the DRS6AX introduces a new “Bird Mode” that delivers bird detection performance to NavNet TZtouch or TZtouch2 display.

Furuno said flocks of birds can easily be picked out at various ranges without manual tuning, with a tap of the Bird Mode feature. It is possible to discern the movement of individual birds within a flock utilizing Echo Trails.

The maximum pulse length delivers 50 percent more “Power On Target” than previous DRS radars, the company said. This is achieved by extending the maximum pulse length from 0.8 to 1.2 microseconds. At long ranges, users can see landmasses in detail, and the improved short-range detection offers target separation.

Furuno said Fast Target Tracking enables the DRS6AX to detect and display instant target vectors showing heading and speed for as many as 30 targets.

“When I’m on a new boat the first thing I do is ask the captain for permission to check the radar,” Furuno East Coast facility general manager Tim Moore said in a statement. “I can almost always dial it in for a better presentation than any auto mode. Not so with the DRS6AX. The auto mode on the new X-Class Radar beats me every time — and I’ve been doing this a long time.”

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