The CMS doesn’t exist just yet so we took the editorial liberty of using a picture of a weapons loader (Staff Sgt. Jessica Kochman) preparing a GBU-31 guided by the Joint Direct Attack Munition for a mission at a forward-deployed location in Iraq.
August 10, 2008 Amphibious assaults are a dangerous business, which is why the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center is assembling a comprehensive Assault Breaching System. A key part of the new system is a Countermine System (CMS) designed to minimize mine-related human losses and not surprisingly, the new design is innovative, very complex and pretty scarey. Basically, it’s a warhead that dispenses its payload of 4000 neutralizer "darts" at a predetermined altitude to clear a safe pathway for the Marines that follow. The new CMS warhead is delivered accurately above the designated area required for clearance by the equally innovative JDAM guidance platform.