“Collins is proud to ensure the U-2 platform`s continued commitment with reliable and sophisticated ISR assets to support USAF technology operations, modernization and information dominance initiatives,” said Dave McClure, vice president and general manager of ISR & Space Solutions at Collins Aerospace. “These awards continue our unprecedented support of more than 60 years for U-2 and our team`s commitment to the fighter.” The U-2S is a single-seat, high-altitude/near-space reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft that provides signals, images and electronic measurements and signature intelligence (MASINT). Long, narrow wings give similar characteristics to the U-2 glider and allow it to quickly lift heavy sensor loads at unmatched altitudes and hold them there for long periods of time. The U-2 is capable of collecting a large number of images, including multispectal electrooptic, infrared and synthetic radar products that can be stored or sent to land use centers. It also supports large-scale high-resolution synoptic coverage thanks to the optical camera, which produces traditional film products that will be developed and analyzed after landing. Collins Aerospace has been awarded an Identification Contract (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) for the U-2 program of the United States Air Force (USAF), worth up to $493 million to support the USAF`s fleet of U-2/infrared electric sensors. The USAF also awarded Collins a $66.2 million employment contract for the first year of assistance and fully negotiated options for the second and third years of service and support worth $114.6 million. U-2 provides day and night high-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance, day and night, to directly support U.S. forces and their allies. It provides critical images and signal information to decision-makers at all stages of the conflict, including peacetime indications and warnings, low-intensity conflicts, and large-scale hostilities (image source: Collins Aerospace) They then meet with a recruiter at a local military processing station for your physical and mental screening. He or she has a list of standards set by the Air Force, the Department of Defense, and federal laws that you must follow.