Racal Wins Major Radar Order From Midland Enterprises

Racal Marine, Inc., Cranford, N.J., has been awarded contracts from Midland Enterprises, Inc. for color radar systems for riverboats.

Midland Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Cincinnati, is one of the country's largest river transport companies, providing service through its operating subsidiaries, the Ohio River Company, Orgulf Transport Company, Chotin Transportation, Inc., and Red Circle Transport Company. The order was obtained by Racal in conjunction with DeHart Marine, Inc., a Racal Marine dealer located in Memphis, Tenn.

The contracts call for a total of 69 Racal bright track radars to refit Midland's fleet of riverboats. Radar models 2070BT, 2090BT and RM970A BT will be provided. According to Adrian Day, president of Racal Marine, the Racal 2070 radar, with its high picture quality and use of color, is especially attractive for river applications. Speed, clarity and accuracy of the display provide superior navigation and safety on congested waterways.

Racal won the order following operational trials in 1987. Initially, several Racal 2070BT radars were installed on riverboats for evaluation by Midland. The 2070 is a 20- inch diagonal color rasterscan radar that allows quick recognition and evaluation of collision threats, clutter suppression and flexible day/ night viewing modes. The production units for Midland will include display off-centering. Delivery and installation will be completed in the next few months.

Steve Frasher, vice president of operations, Midland Enterprises, Inc., said, "As a major fleet operator, we are pleased with Racal equipment and the support of both Racal and DeHart Marine. The unique conditions and economics of riverboat transport require optimal performance of the radar, coupled with minimum downtime and responsive service." For free literature completely describing the Racal Marine radar line, Circle 97 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 7,  Mar 1988

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