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. A subsidiary of holding company Griffon, Telephonics generates most of its sales from the US government and related agencies.
The company's operating segments include communication and integrated systems (aircraft intercommunications, air traffic management systems, homeland security) and radar systems (maritime surveillance radar and identification friend or foe interrogators). Subsidiary Systems Engineering Group provides specialized to such customers as the Missile Defense Agency and Marine Corps Systems Command.
Telephonics has operations in the US, primarily along the East Coast, as well as in China and Sweden.
Sales and Marketing
The company markets and sells its products directly. In addition to the US government, major customers include Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Boeing.
The company accounts for nearly a quarter of its parent company's total revenue; nearly 80% of Telephonics' sales are made to the US government. Telephonics revenue fell slightly in 2012 to $441.5 million as it earned about $20 million less from its subcontractor role with the Counter Remote Control Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare 3.1 (CREW 3.1) program.
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.