RC-135U Combat Sent

Current as of January 31, 2022

The RC-135U Combat Sent provides strategic electronic reconnaissance information to the President, Department of Defense leaders, and theater commanders. Locating and identifying foreign military land, naval and airborne radar signals, the Combat Sent collects and minutely examines each system, providing strategic analysis for warfighters. Collected data is also stored for further analysis by the joint warfighting and intelligence communities. The Combat Sent deploys worldwide and is employed in peacetime and contingency operations.

All RC-135U aircraft are equipped with an aerial refueling system, giving it an unlimited flying range when operated with an augmented crew. Communication equipment includes high frequency, very high frequency, and ultra-high frequency radios.