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.
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.
U-2 is capable of operating at high performance through 2045, with 80 percent of its service life remaining.
U-2’s unique design allows for new sensors, radars, communications capabilities and other state-of-the-art equipment to be tested, developed and fielded quickly and cost-effectively.
… fields 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..
… can be airborne within three hours of an emergent crisis. The Dragon Lady offers a proven rapid response for the warfighter.