Sensor upgrades on U-2 reconnaissance planes complete

PALMDALE, Calif. Collins Aerospace Systems, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, and the U.S. Air Force report completion of 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 reconnaissance aircraft.

According to information from Collins Aerospace, the 10-band, high spatial resolution SYERS-2C sensor -- developed with open mission systems standards to enable command, control, and data exchange with 5th-generation platforms -- enables the U-2 "Dragon Lady" to find, track, and assess moving and stationary targets.

With this milestone, say company officials, the entire U-2 fleet has been upgraded to the most updated 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.