Nah. Don't need a high rate of fire. Most large distribution transformers are filled with a type of oil to provide internal electrical insulation and cooling. One hit with a high powered rifle to drain the oil and the transformer will fail. Do that to a number of transformers and you can imagine the calamity. Don't need high rate of fire. Scoped 30-06 (or thereabouts) hunting rifle would be just about perfect.
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Firing 'high powered' rifles at transformers?
WTF do they think this is a video game?
To me... it appears to have been a practice run by our security teams. Of course it would
probably be kept hush hush. You know what I'm talking about... the whole emergency
preparedness stuff to see just how easy an attack would be so that we can study and
learn what the weaknesses are and improve upon them.
Also incorporated into the GridEx II exercise were active shooter scenarios that lead to fatalities. Throughout the country, bulk-power employees were tasked with working with local law enforcement agencies to handle simulated snipers shooting inside of substations and destroying key infrastructure.
“Once utilities decided to send investigative personal and law enforcement, it turned into an active shooter scenario,” said Harrell.
Harrell went on to note that these mock attacks required utility operators to walk through their internal procedures while working with local law enforcement and eventually FBI agents.
“It was a task to the extreme that pushed the envelope,” he said.
Harrell told Foster’s that the simulated physical attacks opened the eyes of NERC officials in the sense that much of their focus had been on preventing and handling cyber attacks.