Simrad launches VHF radio with AIS transmit/receive

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(EGERSUND, Norway) — Simrad Yachting, a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, has launched the new Simrad RS40-B, the first VHF marine radio with AIS transmit and receive capability. It features a sleek design with wireless handset capability, removable fist microphone, Class D DSC functionality, built-in GPS and a Class B AIS transceiver.
The integrated Class B AIS transceiver in the RS40-B can receive position data from other vessels like the original RS40, but is the first VHF marine radio capable of sharing its position with nearby AIS-equipped vessels, improving collision avoidance in crowded waterways. Position data of other vessels is clearly viewable on the Simrad RS40-B screen or can be overlaid on top of a chart or radar through a compatible multifunction display over NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000. 
Scheduled to start shipping in June 2019, the Simrad RS40-B VHF radio is priced at $1,099. For more information on the RS40-B and accessories, or the entire line of Simrad marine electronics, contact (800) 324-1356 (toll-free) in the U.S., (800) 661-3983 (toll-free) in Canada, or visit

By Professional Mariner Staff