USAF, Lockheed Martin and Collins complete flight testing of U-2 Dragon Lady
- February 19, 2020
The U.S. Air Force, Collins Aerospace Systems and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has completed flight testing and deployment of the latest variant of the Collins Aerospace Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) sensor, SYERS-2C, on the U-2.
With this milestone, the entire U-2 fleet has been upgraded to the premier electro-optical/infrared 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,” said 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 ten-band, high-spatial-resolution SYERS-2C sensor has been developed with open mission systems standards and enables the identification, tracking and assessment of moving and stationary targets.
The SYERS-2C can enable command, control and data exchange with fifth-generation platforms and is expected to bring unique advantages to joint operations across the battlespace.