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.
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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.
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