Even during development
of the Stealth aircraft fleet, it became known that certain vulnerabilities
existed which could be exploited with relative ease, and was later evidenced
by the GSM cellphone systems in Europe being manipulated to "uncloak"
B2 bombers during operations over Bosnia. Susceptibility to other forms
of electronic warfare (EW) shocked Pentagon planners into reality, again.
To address those issues, a new generation of electronic warfare equipment
is in the works that combines the best attributes of both the present
governor of Kal-ee-forn-ya and Mr. Albert Einstein. BAE Systems is working
on an integrated directed energy weapon (DEW)/high I.Q. false target
generator that will allow both manned and unmanned aircraft to confuse
the enemy into believing it is actually multiple targets over a wide
area of sky until it can get close enough to fry his electronics with
MW bursts of energy. These fully automated systems detect the threat,
decide which strategy to employ, then direct the attack all the way
through execution (literally). Volume and extreme power demands currently
limit the weapon pods to use on a B-52 bomber, but hopes are technology
advances will permit deployment on small fighters and UAVs by 2012.