Original caption: The U-2 provides critical intelligence to national decision-makers and theater commanders though all phases of conflict, including peacetime indications and warning, crisis, low-intensity conflict and large-scale hostilities. It is capable of collecting multi sensor photo, electro-optic, infrared, and radar imagery, as well as performing other types of intelligence functions. Prime contractor is Lockheed Martin. Maximum speed at above 70,000 feet is more then 400 mph. While the exact operational ceiling is classified, it is known to operate above 73,000 feet.
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