a reply to: Kirbykerbal
A connection between the classified U-2 thing and the Companion is not impossible but unlikely.
The U-2 is a strategic recon platform, it wouldnt operate in the tactical strike realm. Any black world companion would do something similar. But
there is no info on whether or not that thing is truely a black companion to the U-2 or something else.
In fact, there is barely any info about it.
This is the main source on which the article you linked is based:
look for ,Integration for "Plug and Play" with U-2 and Air Force Special Platform'
This line looks like it implies that the U-2 and the AFSP are two different vehicles.
Its particulary interesting because two ‚players‘ on pretty much opposite sites of the grand black world discussion going on have mentioned it.
One is wolfbane over at dreamlandressort. He made lots of interesting claimes most are probably not entirely true (but probably not entirely untrue
either, burying the truth under a mountain of bs): www.dreamlandresort.com...
The other is Quellish (very well informed but usually equally sceptic to say the least), he links the classified site of the U-2 program to classified
budget line item called Omega: www.secretprojects.co.uk...
Quellish is not entirely consistent on this, heargues that U-2 and AFSP are one and the same. I really dont think so, the term basically doesnt show
up anywhere else and the pdf linked above.
Anyway Omega 0207591F (Advanced Program Evaluation post great renaming) was funded until FY2008. The funding history looks like this:
Funding levels could certainly relate to an active program which went into high gear during the Iraq war years and was suceeded by something else (or
the funding just moved elsewhere).
Anyway, thats pretty much all there is on Omega/U-2 Companion. As said, probably not related to the F-117 Companion.
edit on 12-1-2018 by mightmight because: (no reason given)