Telephonics helps its clients make calls from uncommon places - like helicopters. A maker of communications equipment for military and commercial customers, it specializes in maritime and military surveillance and targeting radar; headsets and microphones for aerospace applications; wireless communications and audio distribution systems for military and mass transit vehicles; and electronic components used in flight crew intercom systems and video monitoring. The company's equipment is used for such applications as air traffic control, missile defense guidance, and search and rescue. Top clients include the US Air Force, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. Telephonics is a subsidiary of holding company Griffon.
Telephonics accounts for about one-third of its parent company's total revenue; nearly three-quarters of Telephonics' sales are made to the US government. Revenue rose in 2010 largely due to new radar-related contracts. Profits also increased despite increased sales, general, and administrative expenses.
The company's brands include the TruLink line of wireless devices for in-flight communications, the STARCOM line of ruggedized analog communications systems for helicopters, as well as AeroTrac air traffic control systems. It also offers systems design, installation, and custom engineering and manufacturing services.
Subsidiary Systems Engineering Group provides analysis and technical support services related to ballistic missile systems and R&D and engineering support for shipboard radar systems to the US Navy and Missile Defense Agency, among others. In 2012 Telephonics agreed to form a joint venture with India-based Mahindra & Mahindra to supply various surveillance and communications systems to a number of governmental and civil agencies in India.
In 2010 Telephonics opened a facility in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to house its technical support services operations. The location was chosen to take advantage of the proximity to the nearby air logistics center of the US Coast Guard, a key client. It also added a facility in Huntington, New York that year. Home to Telephonics' electronic systems division, it focuses on air traffic management and homeland security products.
Founded in 1933 as a manufacturer of headsets for military aircraft, the company also has international operations in China and Sweden. – less