PALMDALE, CALIF. â€“ October 18, 2006 â€“ Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that the U.S. Courthouse in Syracuse, New York, will be the 255th Delta counter-terrorist barricade system to protect a Federal courthouse or associated building. Presently defending 103 such facilities, the Department of Justice has been purchasing Delta's barricade systems over the past 18 years. With the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April, 1995, an event that shocked the nation into recognizing the threat of truck bomb attack, deployments escalated.
"The Department of Justice has done a good job of securing their critical facilities," explains David Dickinson, Delta Scientific senior vice president. "They have used 32 different barricade models out of over 50 Delta Scientific options."
Delta vehicle barricades control the entrances and exits of buildings, keeping un-authorized vehicles from parking too close to a structure or in subterranean garages where explosives can have a devastating effect. On a daily basis, Delta barricades provide the security that protects judges, juries, employees and visitors to the nation's federal courthouses, especially during trials of terrorists, organized crime bosses and violent street gangs.
When in service, Delta systems remain in the upright position, providing a barrier to any vehicle wanting to enter. Upon authorization, the barricade, bollard or barrier lowers to let the vehicle pass. In certification testing, a Delta K54-rated barrier stopped a 65,000-pound vehicle going 50 mph dead in its tracks.
Delta builds seven broad classes of counter terrorist vehicle barricade systems, including beam barricades, wedge barricades, bollards, sliding gates, shallow foundation high security barricades, surface mounted barricades and portable barricades.