U-2 Dragon Lady

U-2 Dragon Lady

The U-2S is the most capable and reliable high-altitude intelligence, surveillance aS fleet was completed in the late 1980s, and is capable of delivering unparalleled performance beyond 2050 as the next generation of an American icon.

Over the last 10 years, the U-2S underwent a complete technology rebuild, further improving its performance and mission capability.

The U-2S is reliable, responsive and survivable, delivering an average 97 percent mission success rate; open architecture and modular payload capabilities, enabling new or unique sensors without customizing the aircraft or removing it from the fleet; and, the ability for field commanders to readily tailor sensors to the mission. The U-2S can dynamically task sensors within seconds to collect on emergent, time-critical targets, and supports global security requirements in all weather conditions – day or night.

Additionally, a highly capable defensive suite enables the aircraft to survive sneak attacks and remain engaged during rapidly escalating hostilities or continue its mission during times when the presence of a threat is known or suspected, but not yet located.


U-2 By The Numbers
Code One: U-2 Program Highlights
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