USAF, Lockheed Martin, Collins Aerospace finalize upgrades on U-2 SYERS-2C to enhance imaging capabilities of Dragon Lady

The US Air Force, Collins Aerospace Systems and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works (NYSE: LMT) have announced the 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, the company said.

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.

Recent flight testing by the US Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Collins Aerospace Systems completed the upgrade of the full U-2 Dragon Lady fleet with the premier electro-optical/infrared sensor capability.(PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics)

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 5th generation platforms, the sensor has become a critical asset to theater commanders bringing unique advantages to joint operations across the battlespace.

FU-2 Dragon Lady provides unparalleled intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to meet the needs of combatant commanders.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), offers technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry.