Mobility Denial System (MDS)
The Mobility Denial System (MDS) is a USMC Lead program. The MDS (formerly known as the Non-Lethal Slippery Foam Program) Development Team completed a Systems Requirements Analysis (SRA) and a Systems Requirements Review (SRR) in October 2001 . The requirements analysis determined that a man-pack is needed to seal in and around buildings which would deny access through doors, hallways, and windows. It was also determined that a vehicle mounted could apply large quantities of Anti-Traction Material (ATM) to streets, intersections, and open areas as needed. The Tailored Executive Analysis (TEA), Market Surveys, Laboratory and Field Assessments have identified an ATM that the MDS Development Team is pursuing. Both dispensers will use the same material, a combination of Drilling Mud Additive, Flocculent and water. Once applied, the material will degrade or impair the adversary's ability to move. For Interior applications it can be applied to flat, smooth, non-porous surfaces such as linoleum, tile, wood floors or staircases. Exterior applications include sloped, rough, porous surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, and grassy areas.
In March 2001, a trade study was completed on the countermeasures, environment, storage and transportability for the ATM. During the Proof-of-Principle (POP) demonstration each of these characteristics were tested. On December 13, 2001, the MDS team conducted a Proof of Principle demonstration at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. The demonstration was held to show the efficacy of the selected ATM being dispensed by both the man-pack and vehicle mounted dispensers. The attendees were allowed to view the delivery systems and gain firsthand experience with the properties of the ATM.
The NL Slippery Foam Operational Requirements Documents (ORD) will be superceded in CY 02 by the MDS ORD prior to Milestone B.
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