Meet the MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) – an astonishing combo of advanced weapons system and robotics.
It is a 3-foot tall, remote-controlled ground vehicle which can assist in anything – from camera surveillance disarming IEDs to keeping soldiers out of harm’s way.
MAARS can move at 7 mph and travel 800-1000 meters from its controller. It has a seven cameras for driving, situational awareness, and for the weapon that can operate in daytime or thermal modes.
MAARS is armed with an M240B machine gun and four M203 grenade launcher tubes on a 360 degree rotating turret. It carries 450 rounds of machine gun ammo and four grenade rounds. Grenades can include sponge, buckshot, and tear gas for less-lethal purposes, and explosive and airburst for lethal purposes.
Each tube is loaded individually, allowing lethal and less-lethal capabilities to be available and selected when needed. If weapons aren’t needed, they can be replaced with a manipulator arm that can lift 120-pounds, which is enough strength to pick up 155mm artillery rounds.