NASA's LDSD project, which underwent a mostly successful test last year, has been indicated to improve the maximum payload deliverable to the surface of Mars from 1.5 metric tonnes to 2-3 metric tonnes (Source).
It will be undergoing another test shortly this year, in a larger 8m diameter variant.
Are there any actual plans to use the technology developed by this project on operational missions, however? Mars Science Laboratory looks set to retain the title of largest payload delivered to the surface of Mars at 899kg for the time being, at least until the Mars 2020 rover, which may have a mass of 950kg.
However, Mars 2020 is based off the MSL architecture itself, and would not need the LDSD outright. At the other end of the timescale, manned Mars missions in the 2030's will require many-ton payloads to be delivered direct to the surface. DRM5.0 calls for 30-50 tons, and Elon Musk has stated the design goal of the Mars Colonial Transporter is to deliver "100 useful tons of payload" to Mars surface.
The huge sizes of these payloads implies propulsive/powered landings near exclusively (although DRM5.0 does allow for an aerodynamic landing component), which would seemingly shut out LDSD from future missions.
However, in the interim, there may be a need for small multi-ton (1-5t) payloads to be landed, this might include a sample return or a supply depot for a future manned mission. My question is, does the use of LDSD appear in any current mission design, in any form, to Mars?
To be totally clear, I'm not questioning LDSD' scientific value or usefulness, I actually think it's an incredibly interesting project and could provide many engineering advancements, well beyond use at Mars - I just want to know if any missions have called upon its immediate use.