German authorities order Israeli anti-vehicle barriers in wake of Berlin terror attack
Following Monday’s attack in Berlin, in which an ISIS terrorist rammed a truck into the crowd of a busy Christmas market, murdering 12 people and injuring 48 more, German authorities have contacted an Israeli manufacturer of anti-vehicle barriers with the aim of purchasing the entirety of the company’s product.
The Germans contacted Israeli defense company Mifram Security, requesting that the firm reserve its entire stock of modular vehicle barriers for purchase in early January, the company’s president Amos Klein told i24news.
The unnamed government agencies already showed interest in the so-called Modular Vehicle Barrier in the past but did not close a deal in the past.
While unwilling to divulge exact numbers, David Noy, the company’s VP of Business Development confirmed that Mifram currently holds a stock ranging in the hundreds of units.
Mifram expressed its deep sorrow for the casualties of the Berlin attack in a press statement, especially since the attack could have been prevented had its barrier already been deployed to secure events in the German capital.
“The run-over attack in Berlin was preventable by, among other ways, using a Mifram barrier intended to stop speeding vehicles in attacks of this type,” the press release sent by the company reads.
Mifram says the Modular Vehicle Barrier is capable of stopping a almost all types of vehicles, ranging from motorcycles and ATVs to light trucks, and when used in several lines of defense, even heavy trucks as the one used in Berlin.
“The barrier’s special design (L shaped) stops vehicles travelling at high speeds by transferring the vehicles horizontal momentum to vertical momentum,” Mifram’s website reads.
“The barrier directs the momentum downwards into the ground thus bringing the vehicle to a complete stop – regardless of its speed,” it says.
“Compared to conventional methods, such as cement blocks or fencing, the MVP presents a cheap, lightweight, and quickly deployable solution that offers superior protection while being very easy to remove after the event is over.”
“A single, 60cm wide unit of the barrier costs around $1000, so you can close off an entire road for around $7000,” he added.
Mifram began producing the MVP about 12 years ago and while it is mostly in use in Israel, over 40,000 units were sold to the US military to protect their various assets both at home and abroad, and police in Japan and Singapore have also begun using the system.