Goodrich to upgrade U-2 multispectral sensors

  • 01-Apr-2011 02:27 EDT

A U.S. Air Force U-2 high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft is shown departing from Osan Air Base, South Korea to capture imagery of the earthquake- and tsunami-affected areas of Japan.

Goodrich Corp. was awarded a contract to deliver two upgraded Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance Sensors (SYERS) to the U.S. Air Force for use on the U-2 platform. These upgrades, known as SYERS-2A, will enhance the U-2 functionality by adding extra multispectral imaging capability to the platform, providing significantly more utility in discerning imagery. Multispectral sensors capture images at specific frequencies across the electromagnetic spectrum. These images can be used for threat analysis on the ground and on buildings, by detecting and showing changes not readily apparent to the human eye. The SYERS sensor flown on the U-2 ISR platform operated by the 9th Reconnaissance Wing is manufactured at the Goodrich ISR Systems location in Chelmsford, MA.

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