Delta Scientific , a manufacturer for counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the U.S. and internationally, announced that Delta barricades at the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, helped retain the attackers. The Delta barricades prevented the bomber's vehicle from crashing past the pedestrian gates and forced the attacker to detonate the truck bomb far from the building. This saved many lives and the building.
"If one compares the total destruction of the Marriott Hotel that took 60 lives in Islamabad in September of 2008 to the recent event in Peshawar, it is easy to discern that a large factor in saving lives from vehicle bombers is to successfully stop the attacking vehicle far enough away from the building to avoid the high pressure shock wave of a bomb blast," said David Dickinson, Senior VP of Delta Scientific. "In a CNN photo published April 5, the buttress of the barricade is seen with the charred truck frame, wheels and engine parts."
The barricade uses its mass and structure to stop and destroy the attacking truck. It is typically deployed as a moderately fast-to-install, permanent installation barricade. A transportable barricade, it has no foundation and can be set up and running in only one day.
The barricade used at Peshawar is one of 50 styles of vehicle barricades that Delta supplies to embassies, consulates, private corporations, banks and hotels to protect people from truck bomb attacks. The barricades are lowered with hydraulics to allow authorized vehicles in and kept in the up position to stop attacking vehicles.