Do you know the U-2, a spy plane USA famous and will soon be disabled? U-2 spy plane is capable of flying at an altitude of more than 70 thousand feet! Dragon Fly is his nickname, described the aircraft as a flying dragon is ready to appear on any area in the world without bias detected by enemy radar. U-2 was going to retire, but its successor is being prepared Lockheed Martin and be ready to operate in 2025. TRX, name spy plane future of the United States. The aircraft is designed not only doing a spy mission, but also capable of electronic warfare and equipped with laser-based weapons system!
Just like U-2, TRX was designed to fly at an altitude of 70 thousand feet and may also use the F118 engine, the same as that used by the U-2. According to rumors, the appearance of both types of aircraft that are relatively the same, but as mentioned above, TRX equipped with the latest technology, one of which is the ability to coordinate with the various NATO warplanes. To be sure, the TRX is more “stealth” than the U-2. Americans have learned from the experience of 1960 and 1962 when a U-2 plane shot hanud Soviet artillery. A modern spy plane is not enough just to rely on spectacular heights because of the latest types of missiles are already capable of reaching it. A spy plane must be very-very modern “stealth”.
Each technology development requires substantial funds, not least the development of TRX. Researchers from Lockheed Martin puzzled by increasing the amount of funds that may be required. It is recognized by Lt. Gen. Robert Otto, a high-ranking United States, that the US government might not be enough funds to combine the capabilities of the two best high-altitude platform, became the main characteristics of the TRX. High-altitude aircraft platform is designed to have extra capacity, for example, capable of flying at an altitude of 70 thousand feet for hours or even days. Two of the best high-altitude platform in question is a U-2 spy planes and Global Hawk. Both of the plane has a number of extra features are hard to match by other military aircraft. Well, TRX is designed for improved U-2 and Global Hawk.
What are the advantages of U-2 prominent enough? In general, the U-2 is able to fly very high and can only be intercepted by Mig 25 Russia capable of flying up to 123 thousand feet. While the Global Hawk is able to fly up to 30 hours and serve as satellites and aircraft at once. Global Hawk aircraft were able to observe the atmosphere in remote areas, such as the Arctic and Antarctic. Global Hawk air transport capacity could reach 500 kg which usually consists of various scientific instruments. Altitude, flight duration, haulage, super reconnaissance sensors are some of the important characteristics needed by a modern reconnaissance aircraft, and all of which are designed to be transplanted in a plane alone, TRX!