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Grazie del link, sì sono foto davvero fantastiche... impressionanti.

 

p.s. a quanto sembra, hanno davvero cambiato ancora una volta il modello di casco per i piloti di questi aerei - avevo letto qualche anno fa di una 'novità' probabile, ma senza poi andar matto nel cercare immagini che lo confermassero.

Avranno senz'altro avuto i loro motivi, che a me sfuggono. Ero rimasto fermo all' S-1034 che non si poteva migliorare ulteriormente... perlomeno la logica lo suggeriva. Probabilmente qualche minuscola 'quisquiglia' suggerita dalla ditta David Clark Co. si è rivelata meritevole per una (limitatissima?) produzione, chissà.

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Un nuovo radar per 'Dragon Lady' ...

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Raytheon is developing a new version of its air-to-ground Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASARS-2B) to be mounted on Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady surveillance aircraft.
The company says it has a $320 million undefinitized contract with the US Air Force to develop the new radar.

L'articolo ... flightglobal.com ...Raytheon developing new Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar for U-2 ...

... raytheon.mediaroom.com ... Raytheon developing new version of advanced synthetic aperture radar for U-2 aircraft ...

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Non c'è che dire ... è immortale ... ?

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The US Air Force (USAF) fleet of Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady spyplanes recently have completed flight testing and installation of the Collins Aerospace Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS-2C).
The electro-optical and infrared camera is to provide more precise, long-range tracking of stationary or moving targets in a wider range of weather conditions, says Lockheed Martin on 18 February (*)
The sensor was also built with open mission systems architecture, which should enable easier sharing of data with fifth-generation combat aircraft, such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor.

... flightglobal.com ... U-2 spyplane fleet gets new high-powered camera ...

(*) ... news.lockheedmartin.com ... U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Collins Aerospace Complete U-2 SYERS-2C Upgrades, Enhancing The Dragon Lady's Imaging Capability ...

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Ulteriori aggiornamenti per il "venerabile" ... ?

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Lockheed Martin recently secured a $50 million US Air Force contract to update the venerable U-2 spy plane.
The project involves three elements: a new avionics suite, a new mission computer, and modern cockpit displays, says Lockheed (*).
Designed to the new USAF open mission systems (OMS) standard, the new mission computer will allow the aircraft to integrate “with systems across air, space, sea, land and cyber domains at disparate security levels.”

... flightglobal.com ... U-2 to get avionics, mission computer update ...

(*) ... U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Avionics Tech Refresh Contract To Advance U-2'S Capabilities For The Future Battlespace ...

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L' intramontabile Dragon Lady all'opera in simbiosi con l' Intelligenza Artificiale ...

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The U.S. Air Force for the first time flew a Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady with the use of an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm on Dec. 15.
A human pilot referenced as a major with the call sign “Vudu,” flew the aircraft assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB in California, while the algorithm named “ARTUµ” conducted sensor employment, tactical navigation and coordinated with the pilot on a reconnaissance mission during a simulated missile strike. 
After takeoff, ARTUµ took control of the sensor and was charged with finding enemy launchers, while the pilot watched for threatening aircraft. 
Both shared the radar; the U-2 uses Raytheon’s Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System. 
The enemy was a competing dynamic computer algorithm.

aviationweek.com … https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/sensors-electronic-warfare/us-air-force-flies-u-2-ai-wingman ...

Singolare il fatto che l'immagine utilizzata per l'articolo si riferisca al velivolo 56-6703 ... un U-2A di prima generazione ... https://www.blackbirds.net/u2/u2_photo_gallery/u2_pic_pages/56-6703.html ...

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Per via del tempo...ahime' passato ho il ricordo, abbastanza preciso, dell' impatto che aveva avuto nell' opinione pubblica occidentale l' abbattimento dell' U-2 statunitense. I dettagli, i retroscena "militari" che ho appena letto non erano certamente noti. Nonostante l' imbarazzo occidentale per la...figuraccia yankee vi era, in vari ambienti, un certo fastidio per la comprensibile arrabbiatura del notissimo segretario del PCUS di allora Nikita Krusciov... Bastava la guerra fredda e non erano necessarie provocazioni...si diceva anche. Vabbe' e' passato tanto tempo. Buona settimana a tutti!

 

 

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"Optical Bar Camera" ... ultimo volo a bordo di un U-2 ... 
Dopo questo volo ... gli U-2 della base di Beale hanno abbracciato completamente l'era dell'imaging digitale ...

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When was the last time you got your camera's film developed at a 1-hour photo? 
You can't remember, can you? 
Neither can we! 
Well, the folks at Beale Air Force Base in California have continued to process large amounts of film long after the digital imaging revolution swept massive brand names like Kodak and Fuji Film to the back of the public's consciousness.
The U.S. Air Force’s 9th Reconnaissance Wing says that the U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane has flown Beale Air Force Base’s last Optical Bar Camera, or OBC, mission. 
In service for over half a century with the U-2, the OBC is one of the high-flying plane's oldest sensor systems. 
Making its exit from Beale truly marks the end of an era in more ways than one.
A Dragon Lady piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ralph Shoukry flew the last sortie with the OBC from Beale - the home of the U-2 community - on June 24. 
Upon its return to the base, technicians ceremoniously lowered the sensor out of the jet one final time. 
Because the OBC is a wet film camera, its last flight from the base also effectively ended wet film processing at the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. 
With that, Beale's U-2s have finally fully embraced the digital imaging age.

... thedrive.com/the-war-zone ... https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/beale-air-force-base-finally-says-goodbye-to-film-for-its-u-2-spy-planes ...

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