Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announced that Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert, Mich., San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California, St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Florida, and Pilgrim Nuclear Station in Massachusetts are joining the more than 85 percent of all U.S. nuclear power plants protected by its vehicle barricade systems. Delta Scientific equipment is also used to stop and destroy errant vehicles at nuclear facilities around the globe.
"Nuclear power plants are among the most sensitive potential terrorist targets in the world," explains Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson. "Protecting these facilities from vehicle-based terrorist attacks requires the most effective security equipment available. That's why we supply nuclear power plants worldwide with anti-terrorist vehicle barriers, resulting in effective homeland security measures in almost every nation that has them."
Delta's very high security barricade models can stop and destroy vehicles weighing up to 20,000 pounds and traveling at up to 70 mph. For instance, the TT207S, a popular barricade for nuclear applications, is able to deny access to a truck being driven at high speed. It is a 108-inch (2,743 mm) moving wedge that is 38 inches (965 mm) high. Widths are available up to 240 inches. The TT207S is lowered to allow passage of authorized vehicles.
The TT207S barrier is crash rated by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) at K12/L3. That means a vehicle traveling at 50 mph and weighing up to 15,000 pounds will result in less than a three-foot penetration of the barrier upon impact. Such vehicle barriers must be tested to meet minimum standards if they are to be used at U.S. diplomatic and consular facilities overseas.