BOEING GETS LRIP 2 CONTRACT FOR F/A-18 ATARSPatricia Frost The U.S. Department of Defense announced that Boeing is being awarded a contract to produce six Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Systems (ATARS) and four Data Link Pods in fiscal year 1998. The contract also includes aircraft modification kit parts, ancillary equipment, logistics support, contractor support and training. This contract is the second Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract and is the first to procure the data link pods. The previous LRIP 1 contract procured four ATARS systems. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with the Naval Air Systems Command. Boeing is the prime contractor, with Lockheed Martin as the principal subcontractor, in an effort to provide tactical reconnaissance capability to U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18Ds. Total planned procurement is 31 ATARS, 31 Aircraft Conversion kits, 24 Data Link Pods and 58 Radar Upgrade (RUG) Phase II kits.