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Telephonics Corp. to integrate TruLink® communication system with KAI's Surion medevac rotorcraft

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World Defense & Security Industry News - Telephonics Corp.
 
 
Telephonics Corp. to integrate TruLink® communication system with KAI's Surion medevac rotorcraft
 
Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, announced today that it has received a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to integrate its TruLink® Wireless Intercommunications system with the Republic of Korea’s KUH Surion Medevac helicopter.
     
Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, announced today that it has received a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to integrate its TruLink® Wireless Intercommunications system with the Republic of Korea’s KUH Surion Medevac helicopter.
Telephonics Corp.'s TruLink Wireless Intercommunications system and KAI KUH Surion helicopter
     
This contract marks the first time that TruLink, a full-duplex, wireless radio system, will be utilized by the South Korean military, enabling its medical teams to effectively communicate during critical, lifesaving missions.

TruLink eliminates the long cords that would typically tether helicopter crews to aircraft and enables intercommunications among all parties, including the patient, the flight crew and hospital staff during ground or airborne missions. TruLink operates either as a standalone system, or as a wireless extension to an onboard Intercommunications System (ICS). With its built-in ambient noise reduction feature, TruLink allows clear, intelligible communications in the high noise environments often encountered during Medevac operations.

Telephonics looks forward to working closely with KAI and South Korea’s Medevac teams to enhance the clarity of communications in extremely high noise environments, enabling them to more effectively administer care to patients in critical need,” said Joseph J. Battaglia, President and Chief Executive Officer, Telephonics. “The reliability and versatility of this technology makes it ideal for use across a wide variety of applications and we are very pleased to bring this important capability to the South Korean military.

South Korea's government on Monday tapped Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) to develop a dedicated medical evacuation helicopter for its troops based on the existing Surion.

The Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in August 2014 that it picked South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer and total systems integrator as the primary negotiating partner for the project that will cost 32 billion won (US$31 million).

DAPA said the medevac version of the KUH will have extra external fuel tanks, weather radar, ground collision warning systems and a host of other features that will allow it to be operated day or night, and in adverse weather conditions.

The development of the new variant of the Surion, or Korea Utility Helicopter (KUH), will take place up until 2016 with operational machines reaching troops the following year, it said.