Mobile Detection Assessment and Response System (MDARS)
MDARS, a program of the Army’s JPEO-CBD – PM Force Protection Systems, is a small and nimble robotic patrol force on wheels designed to relieve personnel of the repetitive and sometimes dangerous task of patrolling exterior areas that require some level of security. General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS) has been developing the MDARS concept since 1993.
The MDARS robot is designed to perform random patrols around Department of Defense warehouses, airfields, ammunition supply depots, and port facilities. It detects intruders and determines the status of inventory, barriers, and locks.
Early User Appraisal (EUA) activities for MDARS have been ongoing at Hawthorne Army Depot (HWAD) in Hawthorne, NV since August 2004. MDARS has been in limited use by the civilian operator guard force at HWAD since October 2004.