Collins Aerospace Broadens Communication Capabilities for U.S. Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady
(Source: Raytheon Co.; issued Sep 16, 2019)
Nearly 60 years after its first flight, the Lockheed U-2 spy plane continues to perform high-altitude ISR missions, and will now be upgraded with HF-9087D High Frequency radios. (CA image)
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- Collins Aerospace Systems has been selected by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to upgrade its fleet of U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft with HF-9087D High Frequency (HF) radios.

With a primary mission of reconnaissance, the U-2 will gain the ability to securely transfer Command and Control (C2) data in real-time over HF while still maintaining reliable, clear voice communications beyond line of sight.

“In contested environments, HF communications continue to be a reliable backbone to ensure mission success with a low operating cost,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “The U-2’s upgraded HF will provide robust long-range digital communications capabilities to this platform.”

Since 1933, Collins Aerospace has been a leader in HF technology. The company is a supplier of HF systems for the USAF’s High Frequency Global Communications System (HFGCS) and provides HF communications on nearly all airlift, tanker and bomber assets used in the Department of Defense today.


Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

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