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The US Air Force (USAF), Collins Aerospace Systems and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works recently completed flight-testing and deployment of the latest variant of Collins’ Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) sensor, SYERS-2C, on the U-2 ISR aircraft.

With this milestone, the entire U-2 fleet has been upgraded to the premier electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor capability, which provides increased optical performance and highly accurate long-range tracking for superior threat detection in a wider range of weather conditions.

"SYERS-2C represents an evolutionary step forward for the Air Force, capitalizing on a high performing, mature system to insert substantial new capabilities into the battlespace of the future," commented Kevin Raftery, Vice President and General Manager, ISR and Space Solutions for Collins Aerospace. "The U-2 has been the cornerstone of the Air Force's ISR inventory and with upgrades like SYERS-2C, the system can continue to provide increasingly valuable multi-intelligence information to the warfighter for years to come."

The 10-band, high spatial resolution SYERS-2C sensor provides unmatched ability to find, track and assess moving and stationary targets. Developed with open mission systems standards to enable command, control and data exchange with fifth-generation platforms, the sensor has become a critical asset to theatre commanders, bringing unique advantages to joint operations across the battlespace.

"The SYERS-2C sensor is the premier intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance imaging sensor and its integration into the U-2 DRAGON LADY further enhances the aircraft's ability to provide unparalleled strategic intelligence to our warfighters," explained Irene Helley, U-2 Program Director, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. "This milestone continues our commitment to increase the flexibility of the aircraft using open mission systems to support the multi-domain battlespace."

Flying 24/7 around the world at record-high operational rates, the U-2 DRAGON LADY provides unparalleled ISR capability to meet the needs of combatant commanders every day. More than an ISR aircraft, the U-2's unique ability to rapidly reconfigure, collect, analyse and share data with disparate systems across the battlespace is transforming warfighting operations to ensure mission success far into the future.

The U-2’s most recent sensor upgrade further enhances the utility and contribution of the ISR aircraft for timely, reliable intelligence. (Photo via Lockheed Martin)

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