U-2S Dragon Lady American high-altitude reconnaissance spotted in Kaliningrad

U-2S Dragon Lady American high-altitude reconnaissance spotted in Kaliningrad

U-2S Dragon Lady, an American strategic high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, resumed flights near Russian borders. As follows from the data of Western monitoring aviation resources, an American intelligence officer was spotted on Tuesday near the Kaliningrad region.


According to the data, the U-2S Dragon Lady flew from the Fairford air base in England, after which, having made a flight to the Baltic, it was fixed over the southeastern part of the Baltic Sea near the Kaliningrad Region. In addition, in the area of ​​the western borders of Russia, as well as along the western and northwestern borders of Belarus, the US Air Force RC-135W reconnaissance aircraft and the Beechcraft RC-12X Guardrail U.S. Army electronic intelligence aircraft flew.

U-2 reconnaissance aircraft were in service with the U.S. Air Force and carried out 1956 reconnaissance flights over the USSR from 1960 to 24, until in May 1960 one U-2 was shot down, after which reconnaissance flights over the Soviet Union ceased, although continued along the borders of the country.

Created at the beginning of the 50 of the last century, the reconnaissance aircraft could reach speeds of up to 805 kilometers per hour and fly at altitudes over 21,3 thousands of meters over 12 hours. In this case, the combat radius of the aircraft was 10,3 thousands of kilometers.

In 2014, the U.S. Congress adopted a new budget, which provided for, until 2019, to decommission all U-2 aircraft in service, subsequently replacing them with RQ-4 Global Hawk strategic drones. The main reason was called aircraft obsolescence and the significant cost of one flight hour compared to UAVs (36 thousand dollars for the U-2 versus 24 thousand for the RQ-4 Global Hawk). However, in 2017, plans to write off the aircraft were abandoned, saying that it was necessary to develop new surveillance and reconnaissance equipment for the U-2.

In 2019, the U.S. Air Force announced the completion of testing the new ASARS-2B synthetic aperture radar for high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft U-2 Dragon Lady.
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  1. Vladimir_2U 25 March 2020 11: 29 New
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    Interestingly, you can’t accompany him in any way? Purely physically impossible (altitude there, speed) or is politics interfering?
    1. Insurgent 25 March 2020 11: 33 New
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      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Interestingly, you can’t accompany him in any way?

      Ask him, he is up to date yes




      1. Vladimir_2U 25 March 2020 11: 34 New
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        He was shot down over our territory, and here flights at the borders, everything is legal.
        1. Insurgent 25 March 2020 11: 36 New
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          Quote: Vladimir_2U
          He was shot down over our territory, and here flights at the borders, everything is legal.

          Let lЯmelting yes .

          If they are with UAVs in the Crimea, because of the dense radio-electronic “curtain” they don’t see anything, then here it’s the same.
          1. Krasnoyarsk 25 March 2020 14: 49 New
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            Quote: Insurgent


            If they are with UAVs in the Crimea, because of the dense radio-electronic “curtain” they don’t see anything, then here it’s the same.

            Did they complain to you, or did you come up with it because you really want to?
            1. Insurgent 25 March 2020 14: 57 New
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              Quote: Krasnoyarsk
              Did they complain to you, or did you come up with it because you really want to?

              No, not me. The press complained. You know, there is one. It is published either in a paper version or electronic (Internet).

              NATO ships were unable to conduct reconnaissance off the coast of Crimea
              March 16 2020
              NATO ships are practically incapable of reconnaissance off the coast of Crimea due to counteraction of coastal electronic warfare (EW) means, a source in the region’s law enforcement agencies said.
              The source called the conduct of intelligence activities by the ships of the alliance "an attempt to penetrate the communication and digital networks," RIA Novosti reports.

              According to him, the latest Russian electronic warfare systems are tested in real conditions of counteraction, technical capabilities are checked.

              “As a result, NATO ships are deploying and leaving,” the source said.

              He added that the electronic warfare equipment makes not only the reconnaissance equipment inoperative, but also knocks down the settings of the ship’s navigation systems, as a result of which they show false coordinates, and the crews are disoriented.

              https://yandex.ua/turbo?text=https%3A%2F%2Fvz.ru%2Fnews%2F2020%2F3%2F16%2F1028962.html

              The same goes for manned aircraft and UAVs. Or are there doubts?

              You, in general, if you don’t know something, or don’t understand, or missed out in a haste, do not hesitate - contact. I'm crushing yes .
              1. Krasnoyarsk 25 March 2020 15: 09 New
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                Quote: Insurgent

                You, in general, if you don’t know something, or don’t understand, do not hesitate - contact us. I will explain yes ...

                Thank you in advance.
                But ... Let's try to think logically. The cost of the U-2 flight is known to us. It is known that mattresses do not really like to litter with money, and we also know this. And now you claim that our electronic warfare is so strong that they can not scout. Do you think they would continue to conduct reconnaissance with ships and aircraft without any results? Would they simply continue to spend money to no avail?
                This is the first. And the second is that we think that our electronic warfare is 100% effective, but the "partners" will not tell the truth about this to anyone. Let the Russians think that their electronic warfare is at an unattainable height, and we will continue to scout. stocks and receive, although not entirely complete information, but receive. Maybe this is closer to the truth? What do you think?
                1. Insurgent 25 March 2020 15: 17 New
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                  Quote: Krasnoyarsk
                  It is known that mattresses do not really like to litter with money, and we also know this.

                  laughing With them, in the tradition of the glorified cut of the budget? - Past !
                  Quote: Krasnoyarsk
                  You claim that our electronic warfare is so strong that they can not scout. Do you think they would continue to conduct reconnaissance with ships and aircraft without any results? Would they simply continue to spend money to no avail?

                  They are trying to "find weaknesses", nothing else remains for them - Past !
                  Quote: Krasnoyarsk
                  Let the Russians think that their electronic warfare is at an unattainable height, and we will continue to scout. stocks and receive, although not entirely complete information, but receive.

                  Here, a little bit more and WOUND b ... But what is a tuft of wool from a whole sheep?

                  To know half the truth about an adversary is sometimes worse than not knowing anything at all.
                  1. Krasnoyarsk 25 March 2020 16: 51 New
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                    Quote: Insurgent

                    laughing With them, in the tradition of the glorified cut of the budget? - Past!

                    Well, and what do you know about their "budget cut"? Figures, facts, surnames - to the studio !!! No? Why then an empty concussion?
                    Quote: Insurgent

                    They are trying to "find weaknesses", nothing else remains for them - PAST!

                    Ah, so are they? And you agreed with that! And just now they assured that - "If they are with an UAV in the Crimea, because of the dense radio-electronic" curtain "they see nothing, then here it is the same."
                    Quote: Insurgent

                    Here, another “a little bit” and WOUNDED b ... But what is a tuft of wool from a whole sheep?

                    This is better than nothing. And then, the shred of planes, the shred of drones, the shred of spacecraft, the shred of a ground residency, so you got a half-sheep mowed. What do you think the information is going to be? Chicken, she pecks the grain.
                    So, dear on EW, hope ... then guess for yourself.
                    1. smile 26 March 2020 01: 23 New
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                      Krasnoyarsk
                      Hello
                      About their cut bobla: :)))))
                      I won’t tell you the exact numbers now - but, by about the year 14, an independent audit of the use of funds allocated to the Pentagon determined that since 1998, the Pentagon has not been able to report $ 9,5 trillion ... - not that misuse - I couldn’t report at all .... it’s clear that the evil bloody auditors simply couldn’t take into account the incorrectly executed documents, they included the misuse of funds here ... but when the scandal struck, the Pentagon’s budget was about 600 billion yesdi. ..ag, and of them, according to American auditors, they either stole it regularly. either used there. where prescribed - about 400 billion dollars ... this, damn it. arctic fox ... even the Indians and French did not have this ..... not that we have .... echoes - scandals with toilets in Iraq for XNUMX, and electric switches for nine hundred, in the same place ... yeah and with PBSs in the USA themselves, produced in the garage, but sold at such a price that the jacket turns around :))))
                      The TSS that I have indicated is a small fraction ... what I have indicated is an occasion to inquire - take an interest, including - and on this site - you will learn a lot of new things. No kidding.
                      But the main thing is that in no country on the planet do the military budgets steal so effectively as in the USA - this is a sad reality for them. :)))
                      Comrade Asket, a super-literate male elder, could have enlightened you on this subject, like Appolon, who died in August 14 ... but even more informed ....... but I just don’t see him now .... Damn . and Apollo feel sorry ... very .....
                      Yes. By the way, anticipating your indignation in advance with my statements about the massive American theft of its military budget - only one country on the planet has legalized corruption ... yeah, and called it lobbying ... it's the USA ...
                      Any questions? If there is, ask.
                      And yes, by the way, on this site there are a lot of materials based on official information published by the American regulatory authorities .... just look in the history of the site - be surprised .... there are real quotes and links to American sources - there is everything .... the difference from the current information is that - something I haven’t seen for a long time such reports from audit offices - they published a couple of times - and silence :)))) Such things :))))
                      Goodbye.
                      1. Krasnoyarsk 26 March 2020 10: 04 New
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                        Quote: smile

                        Yes. By the way, in advance of your indignation at my statements about the massive American theft of your military budget - there is only one country on the planet

                        Namesake, what outrage? Yes, you just made me happy !!!
                        Why did you decide that I should resent corruption in the states?
                        On the contrary, it’s even very good for us that they have such corruption.
                        But ... I do not like that in VO you often read the malevolent - "drank dough." And what, what cut? Indeed, despite the notorious cut, they have aviation at altitude, space at altitude, albeit with our engines, auto industry at altitude, ship and carabling at altitude.
                        I would not be very upset by our corruption if we had the same success in these areas as the mattresses.
                        Thank you, of course, for your comment, but I’m somehow on the drum - they have corruption or not. I am solely and exclusively concerned about our corruption.
                        To me, the mention of their corruption reminds me of my grandson, who, to the question - why 10 in English? - Answers - and Vanka has 8 in general.
                        And in general, I like the expression - ": Look at yourself, are you good." hi
                      2. smile 26 March 2020 23: 54 New
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                        Krasnoyarsk
                        good evening. Excuse me. I reply late ....
                        I liked your comment .... no kidding :))))
                        And the phrase “cut the dough” really puts me on the platoon — it’s just that I often heard this phrase about us from the lips of some categories of visitors to this site — part of Russian-speaking ill-wishers of the Russian Federation and Russians, in particular internal enemies, damn it, even the insanely part of the communist party , who was active on the Swamp shoulder to shoulder with the Nazis, the mink opposition and the pederasts .... moreover, even their representative was sent to McFaul - yeah, in an oyung gang with Nemtsov. Chirikova and other slag of our people ....
                        As a result, I have an allergy to this phrase, either. almost a phobia - in the terminology of psychiatrists and psychologists (depending on their mood and literacy) ...
                        therefore, he threw it at you. what I wrote above .... :))) It just lifted up ... the reflex as to a bright flash and a loud bang - a certain movement .... :)))))
                        According to your text - yes - their level of the automobile industry is unattainable for us - it was always .... and do not compare us with the Chinese - if China were burdened with such serious social obligations, I think there would be no miracle .... yeah and I won’t forget to blur KVO in their new machine - which bullpup + handle from Famas - one and a half dozen cm per hundred meters .... the details - are interchangeable .... I won’t even continue - you already understand everything ....
                        shipbuilding - if you didn’t forget, as a result of the collapse of the country, we lost a significant part of the coastal zones where we developed shipbuilding to a large extent due to the RSFSR — since it was the main donor — it’s impossible to completely return the position to try and sin on this subject ... here, I will be aphids - you will not give a single example of a country. which in such a situation in such a short time in such a complicated thing as shipbuilding, would regain its position. if she would have lost so many investments, and so much coastline - about the cooperation of enterprises - in general I am silent ....
                        space - I can’t say for sure. that we sapsem lagged behind ... and if the engines - then + the experience of the stations. which they didn’t have at all — and then everything was distributed for three rubles for us — but those days have passed — and the factory, the freebie pumping with ideas, technologies and other things — has ended — think calmly — I have a suspicion — agree with me ... .. although, of course, we remember about X 37 ... and we don’t have this ..... but otherwise ..... :)))))
                        What's next? Yeah ... Aviation .... here we do not have everything as we would like - but everything is quite complete - without being an aviator and poorly understanding the topic, I arrogantly declare - sometimes you should wait a bit and put on the conveyor a really licked and spent car, than to rivet the unfinished - given that there will be no war in the near future .... I can understand the USSR with thousands of i16 (and recently - the best fighters in the class) and t-26 - the thing is that they had to be riveted a lot - everyone was waiting for a war that could put an end to production - that’s riveted ... but now what? So do not rush. As with Armata. And this position - I support with my feet. hands and .... well. and enough from the enta of the position itself - she is still not a beloved woman ..... :)))))
                        Sorry, in the end - it turns out ... yeah. if you believe me :))) - not everything is so bad with us and not everything is so kindly with them .... to be honest - that’s exactly what I think .... without jokes
                        So it goes.
                        Thank you for the answer.
                        Goodbye.
      2. Sergey39 25 March 2020 12: 09 New
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        It is necessary to drive away the spread of viruses. There already another new hantavirus drew itself.
    2. Looking for 25 March 2020 15: 46 New
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      yes stop referring to what happened during the USSR !!!! Russia is a completely different country.
  2. Starover_Z 25 March 2020 11: 33 New
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    And we have no interest in objects in the United States? Or at least to the numerous US bases around Russia? Why should only our nerves suffer ?!
    1. Peter is not the first 25 March 2020 21: 09 New
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      We express our interests not with reconnaissance aircraft, but with reconnaissance ships near the maritime borders of the “partners”.
  3. ABM
    ABM 25 March 2020 11: 33 New
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    MiG-31 and higher, and much faster. Interception in peacetime is complicated by the airspace of coastal countries
    1. Vladimir_2U 25 March 2020 11: 36 New
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      Interception by itself, I mean the breakdown of intelligence escort. Close sectors of the optics, obscure the radar, something like that.
  4. Ratmir_Ryazan 25 March 2020 12: 04 New
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    Interestingly, you can’t accompany him in any way? Purely physically impossible (altitude there, speed) or is politics interfering?


    Ground defense continuously accompanies him. And to accompany him with a fighter only in vain to spend fuel and machine resources.
  5. certero 25 March 2020 13: 25 New
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    Manned aircraft No you can not
  6. Piramidon 25 March 2020 13: 31 New
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    Quote: Vladimir_2U
    Interestingly, you can’t accompany him in any way? Purely physically impossible (altitude there, speed) or is politics interfering?

    Suggest to follow him with a tail? But what's the point if he is on all the radars, in full view? It is not worth it to spend kerosene on it.
  7. jekasimf 25 March 2020 14: 05 New
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    Why not? MIG 31 - ceiling of 20600 m (practical). Well, it will fly one and a half km. above MIG. And what? Now, for a missile air-to-air, one and a half km. it’s nothing at all.
  8. venik 25 March 2020 14: 18 New
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    Quote: Vladimir_2U
    Interestingly, you can’t accompany him in any way? Purely physically impossible (altitude there, speed) or is politics interfering?

    ========
    Well hello you! I don’t even speak about speed, but for altitude: The main MiG-31 air force interceptor (VKS) has a dynamic ceiling - almost 30 km (!!!) (that is, almost 10 km more! And "practical" - 21.5 km!) ...... There are problems with speed: for a MiG 650-750 km / h, let's say it is “not comfortable” - it is very fast! "Drying" is up to 20 km a bit "not enough" ....
    Well, as for the "accompany" - so why the hell is it also "accompany" - only burn kerosene! Thrusts "where it is not necessary" - so his S-400 will "catch up" !!!!! (Moreover, the S-75 already once “caught up”!).
  • Andrey VOV 25 March 2020 11: 31 New
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    But what is the point of escorting him if his radars are leading? MIG 31 can calmly, but it’s meaning .. he doesn’t carry weapons ... and if you can get something with a rocket
  • cherkas.oe 25 March 2020 11: 53 New
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    In the words of Popandopulo - "peep-bastards."
    1. kjhg 25 March 2020 12: 17 New
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      Have a look? From satellites are monitored continuously, and scouts hang at the borders daily.
      Quote: cherkas.oe
      bastards

      those bastards
  • K-50 25 March 2020 12: 40 New
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    It is necessary to bring the MiG-31-e there, so that they shudder and look back at 20+ km. lol
    1. yfast 25 March 2020 13: 05 New
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      We are not fighting yet. And there is not enough space there, you can easily fly to partners at such a speed.
      1. Tuzik 25 March 2020 15: 01 New
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        They smiled. It flashed through my head: the pilot flies nonchalantly, sings a song, looking to the ground, and there is a border, and let’s stop the Pobachev cobra in a panic. )))
  • Victor March 47 25 March 2020 14: 17 New
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    Quote: Vladimir_2U
    Interestingly, you can’t accompany him in any way? Purely physically impossible (altitude there, speed) or is politics interfering?

    For what? Any fighter can intercept this turtle now. MIG31 has a dynamic ceiling of 30 km. SU27 ceiling 22 km. Why reel resources if a spy does not come close to what is permitted? Frontline workers cannot accompany him for a long time. See? Of course. We understand what he does there? Of course. We can remove it at any second if such a task is set. And even without picking up the interceptor. Since then, when this was shot for the first time, enough time has passed, and the possibilities for this have grown immeasurably. Do they understand it? Of course. If it were not a scout, but a bomber, then it would be another matter.
  • To be or not to be 25 March 2020 17: 01 New
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    U2 DRAGON LADY AND B2 SPIRIT'S FAIRFORD
    6 days ago - Posted by Dafydd Phillips
    look. that stuck on the U-2S
    1. To be or not to be 25 March 2020 17: 30 New
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      On Avb Fairford (UK) Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady registration number 80-1071 Aircraft of 99 rae 9 cancer.


      data March 2, 2020
      https://www.planespotters.net/photo/1053851/80-1071-usaf-united-states-air-force-lockheed-u-2-dragon-lady
      1. To be or not to be 25 March 2020 17: 43 New
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        3 days ago :


        ... 80-1071 / BB U-2S from the 99th ERS / 9th RW based at Beale AFB
        https://www.picuki.com/media/2269989489802052261
        1. To be or not to be 25 March 2020 17: 54 New
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          The text of this article in this video
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          U-2S Dragon Lady American high-altitude reconnaissance spotted in Kaliningrad

          https://topwar.ru/169416-amerikanskij...
  • Artemy Morozov 25 March 2020 20: 12 New
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    Ready to repeat the destruction of the next U2, because family already.