The U-2: Proven and Ready
The U.S. Air Force’s ability to operate anytime, anywhere is essential. The U-2S Dragon Lady is an agile and reliable high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft that flies 24/7/365 to ensure global security with unparalleled performance.
With a unique, modular design, the U-2S demonstrates and proves new technologies in weeks - not years - enabling the rapid fielding of next generation capabilities for the warfighter today while furthering technology needed for the future.
This proven ISR track record paired with technological flexibility positions the U-2 as the optimum platform to rapidly field new payload capabilities, given its demonstrated open architecture and superior size, weight, power and cooling (SWAP-C) capacity. These key attributes, in addition to its modern Open Mission Systems (OMS) compliant avionics suite, make the U-2 the platform of choice to demonstrate new capabilities faster and more cost-effectively for a Joint All-Domain Operations vision.
Path to the Future
The future fight is all about data - getting the right information to the right person at the right time. The Quantum Leap U-2 is effectively positioned to rapidly collect, process and share data across integrated networks that include legacy and 5th generation platforms.
By using machine-to-machine processing to dramatically reduce the data to decision timeline, the U-2 can communicate securely and simultaneously at all tactical, operational and strategic levels across multiple domains. Additionally, the Avionics Tech Refresh expedites battlespace capabilities needed for the future, making the U-2 the first fully OMS compliant fleet, providing the ability to plug-and-play new capabilities quickly and affordably to support future battlespace operations.
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