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Global Hawk could get U-2 sensors

Mar. 19, 2014 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
The Global Hawk UAV could get sensors from the U-2 spy plane.
The Global Hawk UAV could get sensors from the U-2 spy plane. ()
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The U.S. Air Force may remove sensors from U-2 manned spy planes and install them on Global Hawk UAVs, according to the Washington Times. The move is designed to save money and reduce redundancy in U.S. surveillance aircraft.

The proposed sensor transfer would cost about $500 million, according to an internal Air Force memo obtained by the newspaper. This would be part of a $500 billion package of improvements to the Global Hawk over the next decade. An Air Force official said a $10 million study is underway to determine the feasibility of adding U-2 sensors to the UAV.

Doing so could allow the Pentagon to phase out the U-2, according to the article. "Congress has been trying to thwart such a move for years because of concern that the Global Hawk drones are neither as cost-efficient nor as effective as the iconic spy plane that dates back to the Eisenhower era and has been involved in numerous Cold War showdowns, the article reads.

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