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U.S. MARINE CORPS CONDUCTS ROLLOUT CEREMONY FOR FIRST F/A-18D CAPABLE OF FLYING RECONNAISSANCE MISSIONS

 U.S. MARINE CORPS CONDUCTS ROLLOUT CEREMONY FOR FIRST
 F/A-18D CAPABLE OF FLYING RECONNAISSANCE MISSIONS
 ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Marine Corps conducted a rollout ceremony last week at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif., for the first F/A-18D Hornet strike fighter that is capable of flying reconnaissance missions.
 The two-seat aircraft, delivered to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing, has provisions to accommodate a reconnaissance conversion kit and the Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System (ATARS). This new capability will add to the multimission versatility of the F/A-18, which was designed to perform both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
 The Marine Corps intends to procure 48 reconnaissance capable F/A-18s in order to regain a capability that was lost with the retirement of the RF-4.
 The U.S. Navy, F/A-18 prime contractor McDonnell Douglas and ATARS prime contractor Martin Marietta will conduct a joint test program through the fourtu?arter of 1992.
 A total of 1,073 F/A-18s are in service worldwide with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and the air forces of Canada, Australia, Spain and Kuwait.
 McDonnell Aircraft Co., a division of McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD), builds the Hornet in St. Louis, where approximately 7,000 people are associated with the program.
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 /CONTACT: Daryl Stephenson of McDonnell Aircraft Co., 314-232-8203 or 314-234-7019/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Aircraft Co. ST: Missouri, California IN: ARO SU: PDT


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