A U-2 "Dragon Lady" takes off from the Osan Air Base, South Korea.
There are current reports that the U-2 has enjoyed a new lease on life in Afghanistan. Since being fitted with new sensors and communications equipment, it has become an indispensable eye-in-the-sky for NATO forces. The high-resolution camera is capable of spotting slight changes in the country’s dry mud paths where the Taliban often bury improvised explosive devices (IEDs). As of early 2010, U-2s from the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron have flown over 200 missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom; as well as Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.
A U-2 is stationed in Cyprus in March 2011 to help in the enforcement of the no-fly zone over Libya, and a U-2 stationed at Osan Air Base in South Korea was used to provide imagery of the Japanese nuclear reactor damaged by the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
In March 2011, it was projected that the US's fleet of 32 U-2s would be operated until 2015. The Obama administration requested $91 million to maintain the U-2 program
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