U-2 Dragon Lady
U-2 Dragon Lady
No other high-altitude ISR asset operating today – or in development – can accomplish the daily peacetime Strategic Reconnaissance Operations of the U-2S, or compete with its future capabilities. U-2S flies more than 10,000 feet higher, 100 mph faster, and has larger bandwidth links than any other high-altitude ISR platform. Flying 24/7 around the world at record-high operational rates, U-2S collects critical targets no other platform can.
U-2S is reliable, responsive and survivable – achieving unparalleled performance with an average 97 percent mission success rate the past 10 years. The all-weather platform and sensors can be tasked within seconds to collect on emergent, time-critical targets. These capabilities mean U-2S can routinely collect more than twice the amount of intelligence within the same amount of on-station time as any other high-altitude ISR platform.
Today’s generation, U-2S, operates with a 30 percent larger airframe and a new GE F118 engine. It has been completely upgraded with a glass cockpit, fiber optic communication capabilities, and state-of-the-art avionics and sensor systems.
The lifespan of a U-2S is 75,000 flight hours … while the average fleet age is only 15,500 hours … making its service life twice as long as any other high altitude platform flying today.
U-2’s unique design allows for new sensors and state-of-the-art equipment to be added quickly and cost-effectively – positioning it to make a quantum leap in capability for one-tenth the cost to upgrade other programs.
… stands out from other high-altitude ISR platforms with its ability to field a 10-band imaging sensor in theater – producing strong intelligence to help the warfighter assess and anticipate threats.
… has maintained a mission success rate above 95% for the past decade – significantly ahead of other high-altitude ISR platforms.
… can routinely collect more than double the amount of intelligence within the same amount of on-station time as any other high-altitude ISR platform.
… can be airborne within three hours of an emergent crisis – much faster than other ISR platforms. The Dragon Lady offers a proven rapid response for the warfighter.