VALENCIA, CALIF. -- Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that it has sold more than 200 MP5000 High Security Mobile Barricade Systems since it began production of the towable barriers in late 2003. At a cost of $29,000, the MP5000 is significantly less expensive than alternative, unsuccessfully deployed hand-cranked units force protection specialists sought to replace.
"We shipped our first MP5000 on October 10, 2003 to a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center," reports Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson. "The last one we shipped joined previous MP5000s already in use in Iraq. MP5000's are also used by the Los Angeles Police Department for special events and were used in New York City during the Republican Convention."
Designed specifically for use by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Deployment (USAID) and for U.S. Army checkpoints in Iraq for initial fast deployment, the totally self-contained Delta Scientific MP5000 High Security Mobile Barricade System can be towed into position and control vehicle access within 15 minutes.
No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the Delta 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/L1 rating and stops a 7.5 ton (6400 Kg) vehicle traveling 30 mph (48 kph).
Within 15 minutes of being sited, the Delta mobile crash barrier lowers itself into position with built-in hydraulic jacks. There is no hand cranking. Wheels are stored at the sides and then the vehicle ramps are folded out, completing the deployment. To move the barrier, the procedures are simply reversed.
"We're extremely gratified to have been able to quickly create a system that is now helping protect our servicemen serving in Iraq and citizens elsewhere," adds Dickinson. "It is testimony to our engineers and skilled craftspeople that we were able to respond and deliver rated results in 30 days."