India to build 44 high-speed electric trains

In February 2021, Indian Railways signed a contract with Medha Servo Drives worth Rs 21.1 billion (US $ 289 million) to design, manufacture and supply traction systems and other electrical components for 44 electric trains. They will be delivered in a 16-railcars configuration and will be able to reach speeds of up to 160 km/h. The contract also provides for the maintenance of rolling stock for 5 years, reports Railway Supply magazine with reference to Zdmira.

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The first two trains of this order should arrive in mid-2023, and delivery of all trains is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024.

The railcars are equipped with an air conditioning system, automatic entrance and inter-car doors. For the convenience of boarding passengers, retractable steps are provided.

According to the Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Make in India) initiative of the government, localization in the production of trains should reach 75% of the total contract value.

Earlier in 2019, Indian Railways received two similar T-18 electric trains built at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai with traction equipment from Medha Servo Drives.

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