COULD THE U-2 BE REPLACED BY SATELLITES?

An article that I wrote recently for Aviation International News (AIN), where I was formerly the defense editor, touches upon the above question. The story is primarily about the forthcoming demise of JSTARS, but some of my discussion is relevant to the U-2:

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2019-06-15/does-jstars-demise-spell-end-airborne-isr

However, the inherent flexibility of the Dragon Lady should keep it viable for a good few years to come!

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