FAA orders 34 common terminal digitizers from Telephonics

Telephonics Corporation has received production orders for thirty-four Common Terminal Digitizer (CTD) systems from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the company said.

CTD supports the FAAs Next Gen initiative so that Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR-8), Air Traffic Control Beacon Interrogator (ATCBI-5), and Mode S radar systems can interface to the modernized Standard Terminal Automation Replacement Systems (STARS) Air Traffic Control Systems (ATCs) installed in TRACON facilities and control towers throughout the US.

This production order contract, along with the development program, has a funded value of $22.7 million to date. The FAA awarded the CTD program to Telephonics in 2014 as a multi-year contract that includes four future ordering periods and supports the agency´s Terminal Automation Modernization Replacement (TAMR) program.

Telephonics developed the CTD system to process and convert radar signals from the legacy ASR-8 and Beacon ATC radar systems to the latest digital data standards required by STARS, which are being installed throughout the U.S.

The CTD system will provide radar data or digitized real-time aircraft positions, identification, and weather data to the TAMR system for display to US air traffic controllers, enabling them to monitor the skies more effectively and enhance air traffic safety.

Telephonics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), is a provider of highly sophisticated intelligence, surveillance, and communications solutions that are deployed across a wide range of land, sea and air applications. Telephonics designs, develops, manufactures and provides logistical support and lifecycle sustainment services to defense, aerospace and commercial customers worldwide.

New York, New York-based Griffon Corporation is a diversified management and holding company that oversees the operations of its subsidiaries, allocates resources among them, and manages their capital structures. The company provides direction and assistance to its subsidiaries in connection with acquisition and growth opportunities as well as in connection with divestitures. In order to further diversify, Griffon also seeks out, evaluates and, when appropriate, will acquire additional businesses that offer potentially attractive returns on capital.