Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) announced today it will support the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transport Systems (RRTS) with critical component orders valued at about $15 million for new rolling stock.
The company will supply advanced technology brake systems, pantographs, roof disconnector switches and fully integrated passenger information systems to Alstom, which is building the coaches for the project.
“This order and partnership with Alstom will open up multiple opportunities and provide Wabtec with a significant first mover advantage in India on this rapidly evolving regional train platform as more corridors are implemented across National Capital Region and other parts of the country in the coming years," said Preetam Ganguly, Sales and Marketing Director, Wabtec Transit, India.
All products in the order have substantial ‘Make in India’ content. The order covers 30 regional commuter trains each with 6 cars and 10 metro trains each with 4 cars, which will be built at Alstom’s Savli plant in India. The high-performance brake system provides critical safety features, high reliability and reduced maintenance intervals. The high-speed pantographs are aerodynamically designed to perform under different overhead electric conditions. The pantograph is equipped with state-of-the-art safety features such as an auto drop device and a maximum extension device including novel features like condition-based monitoring and smart-carbon strips. The passenger information systems provide state-of-the-art displays, audio, CCTV, dynamic route map and infotainment with auto-diagnostic features and high reliability.
Alstom and Wabtec have a strong working relationship with experience collaborating on multiple projects across the globe. The entire fleet of 816 Alstom cars running in Delhi Metro is equipped with Wabtec’s brakes system, pantographs, passenger access doors, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
The RRTS is a new, dedicated, high-speed, high-capacity, comfortable commuter service connecting regional nodes in the National Capital Region. The 82-km Delhi-Meerut Corridor RRTS will pass through one of the most densely populated sections of the NCR connecting New Delhi to Uttar Pradesh. The corridor will be beneficial for the development of the region and help connect the large number of townships and centers of economic activity that are already planned along this corridor.