Air Force: Hosting Critical U-2 Surveillance Payloads On Global Hawk Is 'Feasible'

By James Drew / April 7, 2015 at 12:34 PM
The Air Force has determined that hosting critical, national-security surveillance payloads to include the SYERS-2, Optical Bar Camera and MS-177 on the RQ-4 Global Hawk is feasible, and the service intends to submit a High Altitude Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Transition Plan to lawmakers this summer. Those three sensors collect sophisticated, national-level intelligence data but are currently only hosted on Lockheed Martin's U-2 Dragon Lady, which the Pentagon has marked for retirement. Despite shifting the U-2's retirement date from 2016...

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