Delta Announces More of Its Portable Barricades Now in Use

PALMDALE, CALIF. – July 16, 2007 – Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced the three MP5000 just shipped for use by the military in Iraq results in 350 of the mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers being utilized throughout the world. Introduced in June of 2003, 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.

Built at the request of U.S. Federal government force protection specialists for initial fast deployment use in Iraq and elsewhere, the totally self-contained MP5000 is towed into position and controls vehicle access within 15 minutes. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the mobile barricade unpacks itself by using hydraulics to raise and lower itself off its wheels. A DC-powered pump then raises or lowers the barrier. The mobile deployable vehicle crash barrier carries a K4 rating (M30 per new ASTM rating), stopping a 7.5 ton (6400 Kg) vehicle traveling 30 mph (48 kph).

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.

Last month, Delta introduced the first commercial version of the MP5000, the DSC 1000, using the company’s “Soft Stop” technology. Light enough to be towed by a golf cart and set up in only 10 minutes, the new DSC 1000 portable barrier has already passed an ASTM crash test in which it stopped a 5,000-pound (2300 kg) vehicle going 50 mph (80 kph), providing it with an ASTM rating of P50. With no foundation or electrical hook-up needed, two people can set up and take down the new DSC 1000 barrier in ten minutes.

Contrary to the “hard stop” wanted with anti-terrorist crash-tested barricades, such as the MP5000, testing of the new DSC 1000 demonstrated that the collision did not distort the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Instead, Soft Stop technology decelerates and stops the vehicle over a short distance, technically referred to as “occupant ride down acceleration.”

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