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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.

For more than 75 years, the Skunk Works® has existed to create revolutionary aircraft and technologies that push the boundaries of what is possible.

Our unique culture is the key to our success – the secret ingredient that will define the solutions for the next 75 years and beyond.