March 28, 2008

The Competent Munition is no more

One of the first actual military projects I worked on was the Competent Munition program at the Charles Stark Draper Lab, in Cambridge, in the early/mid 1990s. It was a GPS and (optionally) inertial guided round for the USN's 5"/54 gun systems.

I see via Wired that the ERGM, its eventual program name, has been cancelled.

I don't know the story; I do know that a lot of really cool technology was created and stuffed into really tiny and really harsh environments in order to make the Competent Munition/ERGM a going concern. I don't really have any feelings one way or the other about its cancellation, but I do wonder about the progress and course the project ended up following.

If I don't find a decent summary somewhere in the wake of its cancellation, maybe that would make a fun paper.

Posted by jbz at March 28, 2008 4:57 PM | TrackBack

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