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 throughout the US, primarily along the East Coast, although it has locations in Alabama and Texas.
Sales and Marketing
The company markets and sells its products directly. In addition to the US government, major customers include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Boeing.
In 2015 about two-thirds of Telephonics' sales were to US government agencies. Another 31% of sales were to international customers and 3% to commercial customers.
The company accounts for about a fifth of its parent company's total revenue. Telephonics revenue rose 3% to $431 million nin 2015 on higher sales of its Multi-Mode ASW and Identification Friend and Foe product lines.
In 2015, Telephonics continued to branch out of defense work with a contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority via the Long Island Railroad.