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.
Not Your Grandfather’s U-2
(Those Retired Decades Ago)
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.
Operational for Decades
U-2 is capable of operating at high performance through 2045, with 80 percent of its service life remaining.
Positioned for a Quantum Leap
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.
The Dragon Lady
The Newest Generation of an American Icon
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.