Navy picks wireless communication system for medical helicopters

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., 12 Sept. 2005. Telephonics Corp. announced today a contract award from the U.S. Navy to deliver its TruLink Wireless Intercom System in support of the Air Ambulance program.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., 12 Sept. 2005. Telephonics Corp. announced today a contract award from the U.S. Navy to deliver its TruLink Wireless Intercom System in support of the Air Ambulance program.

The Navy's Multi-Mission Helicopter Program Office (PMA-299) is modifying four MH-60S and four HH-60H aircraft to medical transport helicopters in support of operations in Iraq. TruLink will act as a cordless extension of the helicopter's wired intercom system.

Currently, while on the ground, audio communications between the helicopter pilots and off-aircraft medics preparing a patient for transport and evacuation are restricted to supplemental handheld methods. TruLink eliminates this communication restriction by providing seamless hands-free, wireless communications to all members of the crew so medics can effectively perform their rescue operations.

The U.S. Navy has selected TruLink for the modification program based on the U.S. Army Air Warrior Program, where TruLink is being used as the U.S. Army AWIS (Aircraft Wireless Intercom System).

"Our deployed medical units are performing critical life-saving missions world-wide. We commend the Navy's proactive actions to equip themselves with a communication system that will ensure the safety of our medical teams and the proper care of patients during these life-saving missions" states Phil Nicholas, president of Telephonics' Communication Systems Division.

Work on this program will be performed at the Telephonics facilities in Farmingdale, N.Y. and at Jacksonville and Patuxent River Naval Air Stations.

A subsidiary of Griffon Corp., Telephonics' broad based, high-tech engineering capabilities provide integrated information and communication systems solutions to both domestic and international markets. The company is organized into two operating divisions: communications systems, specializing in aircraft intercommunications, mass transit communications, wireless and audio products; and command systems, specializing in traffic management systems, maritime surveillance radar and aerospace electronics; and one wholly-owned subsidiary, TLSI. Operating under the Telephonics umbrella, TLSI (www.tlsi.com) manufactures application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) for the telecommunications, automotive and industrial security markets. For more information, see www.telephonics.com.

In addition to developing and manufacturing information and communication systems for government and commercial markets worldwide, Griffon Corp. is also a leader in the development and production of embossed and laminated specialty plastic films used in the baby diaper, feminine napkin, adult incontinent, surgical and patient care markets. Griffon Corp. is also a leading manufacturer and marketer of residential, commercial and industrial garage doors sold to professional installing dealers and major home center retail chains. Through a substantial network of operations located throughout the country, Griffon's building products company also installs and services specialty building products, primarily garage doors, openers, fireplaces and cabinets for new construction markets.

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