Portable Crash Barriers Helped Defend Chicago NATO Summit from Terrorists
Delta Scientific, Palmdale, Calif., a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announced that 12- and 16-foot MP5000 mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers helped police and military officers protect 60 heads of state and other global leaders, more than 2,000 journalists, other attendees and onlookers at the recent Chicago NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit held May 20-21 from vehicle bomb attack and errant drivers.
In Chicago, the self-contained MP5000’s were towed into position and controlled vehicle access within 15 minutes. No excavation or sub-surface preparation was required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades unpacked themselves by using hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. DC-powered pumps then raised or lowered the barriers. These mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a K4 rating (M30 per new ASTM rating), stopping 7.5 ton vehicles traveling 30 mph. The 16-foot MP5000 meets K8 rating requirements, stopping the same sized vehicle at 40 mph.
“Delta portable MP5000 barriers are becoming a common sight at major events around the world, from G-20 meetings to political conventions,” reported Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific vice president of sales and marketing. “While over 45 protesters were arrested in Chicago, not one vehicle got into a place that it did not belong.”
More than 400 of the MP5000 mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers are being utilized throughout the world. The high security portable barricade system is easily towed into place by a light three-quarter-ton pickup truck or towed off road through loose sand by a military grade Humvee. Many of the MP5000s are being used in the Middle East to protect U.S. troops from truck bomb attack. Throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, such as at Camp Victory, the 16-foot clear opening model is especially popular as large-tracked vehicles, such as Strikers, can pass through the barricade.”
Both the operation of the barrier as well as deployment and retrieval are push-button controlled. A standard system includes a battery-operated power unit, replenished from either a solar array or local low voltage source. Optionally, a Delta Hydraulic Power Unit operated on a locally supplied power or full manual system, or combination, is available. Both the locally powered and battery powered hydraulic pumping unit can be sized to provide pass-through rates suitable for most inspection and identification station requirements.
Operating modes include full automatic, remote-hard line, remote-radio, card reader, key switch, local guard push button controls or via master and slave control panel.
For information, visit www.deltascientific.com.