VisionMaster FT Chart Radar


VisionMaster FT Chart Radar

Improved efficiency and safety at sea

For improved efficiency and safety at sea, the VisionMaster FT Chart Radar from the ARPA Series integrates basic electronic charting with the full radar functionality. The Chart Radar displays official ENC vector-format charts, integrated with the radar picture. For ease of use, the density of displayed ENC chart information is completely selectable, from a simplified presentation of shoreline to a fully detailed display.

The Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Chart Radar additionally increases the efficiency during watch keeping by displaying charts parallel to the Radar image.

Key Benefits Chart Radar:

  •   User-selectable density of chart layers
  •   Five-level day or night display modes
  •   Integrates electronic chart and radar displays for improved efficiency and enhanced safety at sea
  •   Upgradeable to multifunction workstation
  •   Optional Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)

Type Approved

The VisionMaster FT Chart Radar series fully meets the latest performance standards of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and is designed to meet the demands of today’s maritime industry.

Worldwide Support 24/7

All Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine products are supported by the 24/7 worldwide network of service representatives.


VisionMaster FT Chart Radar Features

VisionMaster FT Chart Radar

The Chart Radar gives quick access to tasks to be performed during a vessel’s operation. With the intelligently arranged graphic user interface and colour coding, the operator can assess the data at a glance and stress-free.

Standard Features

  • High-resolution widescreen display
  • Digital controlled interswitching to interface up to six transceivers and up to six displays
  • Intuitive handling of the display, supported by Windows
  • Complete Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) functionality
  • Automatic clutter suppression
  • Voyage Data Recorder and Automatic Identification System (AIS) interfaces
  • Tracks up to 100 radar and AIS targets
  • Multi-layer user-created radar maps
  • Flexible and user-friendly voyage plans
  • Multi-purpose display window for user selectable information
  • USB storage device port
  • Online Operator’s Manual including innovative help functions

Optional Features

  • Joystick control
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)

From Chart Radar to TotalWatch

The standard user interface of the VisionMaster FT series makes it easy to upgrade from Chart Radar to ECDIS or multifunctional workstation, the TotalWatch. Using the same interface throughout the marine radar series promotes efficient operation and minimized training for the operator.


VisionMaster FT Chart Radar Gallery

VisionMaster FT Chart Radar

The VisionMaster FT Chart Radar from Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine can be provided as a Deck Standing, Integrated Tabletop version or KIT Format. It provides intelligent functions for safe navigation, exceeding IMO requirements for additional safety at sea.

VisionMaster FT Chart Radar Gallery:

Browse our gallery to view images of the Chart Radar of our ARPA Series and its various features


User Friendly Interface

VisionMaster FT Chart Radar

The VisionMaster FT Chart Radar provides excellent performance in collision avoidance and highly reliable navigation under extreme conditions. Being based on standard hardware, the workstations allow for highly scalable system solutions. Brilliant performance goes hand-in-hand with ease of use and installation. The large widescreen provides all important information at a glance, with a clearly structured user interface that allows the user to concentrate on navigational tasks.

Exceeding IMO Standards

The intelligent functionality exceeds basic IMO standards and provides effective support concerning collision avoidance. The VisionMaster FT Chart Radar additionally increases the efficiency during watch-keeping by displaying charts parallel to the radar image.


To reduce the cost of systems which permanently display Central Alarm Manager (CAM), a new Conning Information Display (CID) control is available which shows the CAM output. The CID control can be on a dedicated CID screen and displayed either as CID watch mode or as a side tab on widescreen ECDIS or Radar/Chart Radar, eliminating the need to have a dedicated node for the CAM display. The Widescreen is only available for the deckstand Chart Radar.


Radar Scanners

VisionMaster FT Chart Radar

There are several sizes of radar scanner within Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine’s ARPA series. The most prominent are the X-Band and the S-Band antenna.

When selecting a radar scanner to best perform under a wide range of weather conditions, the X-Band series is a clear contender and comes with 12ft antenna options. The X-Band radar scanner series is designed for surveillance in static site applications and comes with a 4, 6 and 8 ft antenna.

Key Benefits of the X-Band and S-Band Radar Features:

  • Advanced clutter suppression
  • Target acquisition
  • AIS Targets
  • Interswitching
  • Compatibility
  • Personalisation

Dual Marine Radar

The optional Dual Radar* integrates data from two scanners on a single radar display. Overlapping from the Dual Radar set-up eliminates blind arcs and enhances target detection, providing complete situational awareness and creating a 360-degree picture to reveal nearby and far-off targets.

The VisionMaster FT Dual Radar gives you the ability to track targets from both independent radars in the usual way, with the inputs provided on a single screen for improved usability.

Key Benefits of the Dual Marine Radar

  • No blind arc but 360-degree view on a single screen to enhance awareness and safety
  • Control up to two independent radars from a single screen
  • Track targets seamlessly across the two radars
  • Reduce operator workload with a seamless view from two radar heads
  • Any combination of X- and S-band antennas

Navigation Radar & ECDIS