Announcing New Simrad HALO20+, HALO20
The Ultimate Picture from a Smaller Dome
Tulsa, Okla. – Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today the launch of HALO20+ and HALO20 radars – a pair of compact, pulse compression radome units, perfectly designed for smaller sportfishing and cruising vessels.
This new HALO series includes two models that cater to the differing needs of boaters. Both radars provide excellent detection with unrivaled short-range performance, while HALO20+ features the fastest RPM rotation on the market, VelocityTrack, Dual Range operation and can detect targets from a greater distance than HALO20.
HALO20+ radar delivers a full 360-degree sweep every second, thanks to its industry-first 60 RPM rotation at ranges up to 1.5 nautical miles. These ultra-fast updates give boaters an almost real-time view at close range — offering the ultimate view for collision avoidance of fast-moving targets.
Ideal for a wide range of coastal bay boats, HALO20+ comes in a compact dome antenna and delivers high-quality short-, mid- and long-range detection. Boaters can monitor two distance ranges at once in Dual Range mode allowing them to keep an eye on distant weather cells, while watching for collision hazards nearby. HALO20+ radar’s pulse compression technology means no compromises in detection at either selected range, while beam sharpening provides enhanced separation between small or distant targets.
With HALO20+, boaters can identify hazards quickly with VelocityTrack Doppler technology, which delivers instant feedback on whether targets are coming toward you or moving away. Simple color coding highlights potential hazards, improving situational awareness and further reducing the risk of a collision. HALO20+ radar automatically checks every target in range, so there’s no need to manually select individual targets, and no limit to the number of targets on screen at one time.
HALO20 is a cost-effective solution for boaters to increase situational awareness and collision avoidance, detecting collision hazards and other targets nearby and up to 24 nautical miles away. With its small footprint and low profile, HALO20 is the perfect radar solution for more budget-conscious buyers with smaller sportfishing vessels and dayboats.
HALO20 radar also delivers a comprehensive range of features to enhance your situational awareness and on-water safety. Boaters can monitor selected collision hazards with MARPA target tracking, tracking up to 10 targets. Whether navigating through crowded waterways or contending with poor visibility, HALO20 radar cuts through the clutter to give boaters a clear and current picture of their surroundings.
“We are excited to extend the reach of our revolutionary HALO Radar technology to smaller sportfishing and cruising boats,” said Knut Frostad, CEO, Navico Group. “At their core, HALO20+ and HALO20 Radars make navigation safer and easier, but have distinct feature sets that cater to both the boater that craves top-end features, and those looking for high-performance radar at a more affordable price.”
Both HALO20+ and HALO20 radars offer MARPA Target Tracking, InstantOn™ technology and Harbor, Offshore, Weather, and custom modes that tune the radar’s advanced signal processing to help ensure that targets can be seen vividly – even in the toughest environmental conditions.
HALO20+, priced at $2,199, and HALO20, with a retail price of $1,699, are scheduled to start shipping in December 2019. For more information on HALO20+ and HALO20 radars, visit www.simrad-yachting.com.
Today Lowrance and B&G also announced HALO20+ and HALO20 radomes with the same features and prices.
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One thing I’m curious about with these new radars is whether the MFD needs to be of the same manufacturer in order to take advantage of all of its features. For example would this radar be fully functional with a Garmin MFD?
Bob, almost all radar scanners only work with displays of the same brand, or in this case the three Navico brands, which are close siblings.
But Garmin has the Fantom 18, which actually 20-inches in diameter. Which may sound strange, but scanner model naming is not consistent. Navico Halo uses the radome diameter, Garmin the actual antenna length, and Raymarine the max range (so Quantum Q24 series radomes are 19.3-inch in diameter).
Thanks Ben. I appreciate the definitive answer even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. The Garmin systems look decent enough. I’m just always on the lookout for new features, particularly close-in performance.
Ben, will the Halo 20 work with either the Simrad NSE12 series or the B&G Touch 7? I have the Simrad below and the touch at the helm. If it will work with these plotters which should I make as the master in the ethernet chain? Thank you for a great site! Bob (now coming to you from Manchester, UK)
Hi Bob, I don’t see displays that old listed on Simrad’s Halo20 compatibility page:
But maybe you should contact Simrad and B&G just to make sure.
Also, while I too have experienced generally good compatibility between hardware from the three Navico brands, I recall that it is not guaranteed. Apparenly, that’s because the Simrad, B&G, and Lowrance teams develope some parts of the software independently and are not required to test it with the other brands. I don’t think it happens very often, but no one should assume that, say, a Simrad product will work with a B&G product even though each brand sells what looks like both hardware items, or that it will keep being compatible after software updates.
Ben, I found this great chart with the information I need!
Excellent sleuthing, Bob, and well worth posting here:
And…. it gets even better, I have asked 3 venders and all 3 claim the Halo 20 and 20+ will work with the Simrad NSE 12 and the B&G Zeus Touch! ARRGH. I am tempted to order the Halo to see as the 3Gand 4G radars are very hard to find here in Europe.
Thanks Ben, I am actually seeing conflicting information from Simrad and B&G. I have asked both companies but have not gotten an answer. So I am still in the dark.