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Telephonics Corporation Selected for Intercommunications System Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

( FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - March 9, 2006 ) - Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF) announced today that they have been selected by Bell Helicopter Textron to supply the Intercommunications System (ICS) for the RAH-70 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) for the US Army. Telephonics will deliver more than 370 systems during fiscal years 2006 through 2013. Potential contract revenue is estimated to be greater than $16 million.

Telephonics will supply its advanced Secure Digital Intercommunications (SDI) system. SDI is a TEMPEST-qualified ICS which manages all of the crew audio communication and radio/navigation resources aboard the aircraft.


Telephonics' SDI has been selected by the Army as the Common Digital Intercommunication System. In addition to its use in the ARH's cockpit it is being installed on all Army CH-47F Chinooks, UH-60M Blackhawk's and the MH-47's and MH-60's of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). The US Coast Guard is also participating in the program and is having SDI incorporated into all of its HH-60T Jayhawk helicopters. Use of the common digital ICS will lead to savings in logistics and training and an improvement in aircraft readiness.

Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc., was awarded the contract, with a potential volume of $2.2 billion, by the United States Army to build its next generation ARH. The RAH-70 will replace the Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter also produced by Bell.

This program will be managed from Telephonics' facilities in Farmingdale, NY.


Source : Telephonics Corporation

Published on ASDNews: Mar 10, 2006

 

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