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Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR): The U-2 Aircraft and Global Hawk UAV Programs [Updated December 1, 2000]   [open pdf - 148KB]

Global Hawk, a soon to be fielded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), has been considered a complement to, and potentially a replacement for the U-2. While the unproven Global Hawk appears to offer some advantages over the U-2 -- such as greater range and endurance, and not exposing a pilot to danger -- as currently designed it does not currently match the U-2's intelligence gathering capabilities. The U-2 stands out for its proven track record of providing vital near-real-time intelligence to military theater commanders in the 1991 war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), the 1999 conflict in Kosovo (Operation Allied Force), and other conflict areas.

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CRS Report for Congress, RL30727
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2000-12-01
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