Telephonics Corp. soars with $23M Chinook deal

Big bird: Farmingdale-based Telphonics Corp. will provide new weapons-systems communications tech for the U.S. Army's Chinook helicopters.

A Farmingdale-based manufacturer has landed a $23.3 million deal centered on the U.S. Army’s ionic Chinook helicopters.

Communications ace Telephonics Corp. announced this week a three-year contract with the Defense Logistics Agency to provide weapons-systems communication equipment for CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Work under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is slated to be complete by July 2020, according to the contract.

Telephonics, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York City-based Griffon Corp., offers surveillance, communications and integration analysis and support to various aviation sectors, including defense and aerospace concerns.

Last month, the Illinois-based Boeing Corp. secured a $276.6 million contract to head up engineering and manufacturing under the DLA Aviation Unit’s CH-47F Chinook Block II program, which seeks to upgrade as many as 542 existing CH-47F and special operations MH-47G Chinooks.

In addition to next-level weapons-communications tech provide by Telephonics, the upgrades include new composite rotor blades, strengthened airframes and an additional ton of payload capacity, according to the DLA contract. Delivery of the upgraded helicopters is slated to continue through the 2040s.

The CH-47F Chinook is a twin-engine, tandem-rotor, heavy-lift transport helicopter used primarily to move troops and large payloads at high speed over long distances. The MH-47G is a special-operations version packed with sophisticated avionic systems.