Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement
Munich – Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking and other systems for rail and commercial vehicles, has signed a contract with Siemens Mobility to supply equipment for 13 high-speed trains for Russian Railways (RŽD).
Based on the German rail vehicle manufacturer’s Velaro platform, the trains will operate in Russia under the Sapsan (Peregrine Falcon) brand. This is the third such contract that Knorr-Bremse has signed with Siemens Mobility to equip the Velaro model in Russia, helping to deliver fast, reliable and highly efficient mobility.
“We are delighted that Siemens Mobility has once again chosen Knorr-Bremse as its partner to supply equipment for the Sapsan high-speed trains,” said Dr. Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. “Through our involvement, we are helping to upgrade Russia’s infrastructure while at the same time strengthening our presence in a rail market with significant potential. At the same time we are also cementing our partnership with Siemens Mobility in the ongoing development of the Velaro platform around the world.”
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“With these new high-speed trains we are responding to the growing demand among travelers for faster, more reliable and more comfortable transportation between Russia’s two largest economic hubs,” added Mark Cleobury, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems. “Our connected systems and solutions are helping to further increase the availability of high-speed rail travel in Russia and optimize train frequency.”
Fast, reliable mobility: Moscow–St. Petersburg in under four hours
From Q4 2020, Knorr-Bremse will start supplying Siemens Mobility with braking, entrance and HVAC systems, windscreen wipers and power electrics for 13 ten-car high-speed trains. With seating for 604 passengers and a top speed of 250 km/h, the Velaro RUS trains will complete the 650-kilometer route between Moscow and St. Petersburg in around three hours 45 minutes.
The equipment must meet particularly demanding requirements due to the extreme climatic conditions encountered within the region covered by the GOST technical standard, which encompasses Russia and some neighboring states. Consequently, the systems to be supplied by Knorr-Bremse have been designed to operate reliably at temperatures down to -50°C.
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