Stadler has received an order for 100 four-axis diesel drive units from the Russian company Transmashholding (TMH), two of which are to be delivered in advance as prototypes. The drive units will be assembled in 50 multiple-unit trains, which the TMH subsidiary Metrovagonmash (MVM) will deliver to Russian Railways (RZD). The order volume for the 100 drive units amounts to around CHF 240 million.
Stadler’s first order from Russia
At the Swissrail Forum in Moscow, Peter Spuhler is delighted: “I am very proud that our well-proven technology will be applied for the first time in Russia. I am particularly pleased that, in these continuing difficult economic times, we have been able to win a first order in a new market with huge potential – and this with a contract in Swiss francs.” This first order from Russia was the result of extensive negotiations.
Transmashholding is the largest Russian rail vehicle manufacturer with around 55,000 employees. Its subsidiary, Metrovagonmash, is located in Mytishchi, on the outskirts of Moscow. MVM employs around 5,000 people.
Delivery in stages
Delivery of the first two prototype drive units will take place at the end of 2012. Certification and delivery to RZD of the first complete train manufactured by MVM is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014. Then the plan is to exercise the option for the whole series of 49 trains – and therefore 98 further drive units.
Stadler is currently working on three further broad-gauge orders: from Estonia for 38 FLIRT multiple-unit trains, from Finland for 32 FLIRT trains and from Belarus for 10 FLIRT trains. The first trains are already successfully in operation in Finland and Belarus; the others are currently in production.
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