FARMINGDALE, N.Y., 21 May 2008.Telephonics Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Griffon Corp., announced that its APS-143C(V)3 OceanEye multimode radar has been integrated and certified by Lockheed Martin as part of the roll-on electronic Mission Systems Pallet (MSP) for the U.S. Coast Guard's HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
The potential value of this program to Telephonics, when all planned aircraft are delivered, could exceed $28 million.
The Coast Guard has accepted the first MSP for the HC-144A aircraft. The mission capable HC-144A aircraft will now begin a formal Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) period prior to entering operational service in 2009.
"The APS-143C(V)3 is a proven performer in the maritime patrol mission area, and we are extremely pleased and proud to be part of this important program for the U.S. Coast Guard," says Joseph J. Battaglia, president, Telephonics.
The APS-143C(V)3 is the latest in the OceanEye family and features Enhanced Small Target Detection, fine-resolution SAR/ISAR imaging and the only internally integrated IFF Interrogator capability available. APS-143C(V)3 has been chosen by a wide array of international fixed-wing and rotary wing operators requiring the best performance and lowest weight radar solutions.
Telephonics Radar Systems Division is a world leader in lightweight, high-performance, multimode maritime surveillance systems.
The U.S. Navy's MH-60R Maritime Strike Helicopter is fitted with the Telephonics AN/APS-147 MMR and the U.S. Coast Guard operates the Telephonics APS-143 OceanEye radar on HU-25 Guardian in addition to the HC-144A Ocean Sentry MPA aircraft.
The Japanese Coast Guard operates the Telephonics RDR-1700B MMR, which has also seen significant interest in the rotary wing and UAV mission areas.