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.