QinetiQ has delivered the first of its combat-ready Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS) ground robots to the US military.

The remotely controlled MAARS is based on a modular framework that facilitates the addition of new accessories and attachments as they become available.

The key to this system is a turret system supporting a drop-in manipulator arm, multiple types of weapons and a wide range of sensor packages plus up to seven cameras with multi-modal capabilities.

The robot can be controlled over a distance of one kilometre from the operator and is designed to tackle all terrains – including stairs – and it can use wheels rather than tracks to increase speed and reduce noise.

MAARS will continue to be tested in the coming months to ensure full compliance with standards and a safety release for fielding, QinetiQ says.

By staff writer