Bombardier celebrates 20th anniversary of Russian Joint Venture
- Bombardier-hosts event at RZD conference to mark the successful partnership
- Over 20 years the joint venture has grown from a pioneer in Russia to an expert in delivering the latest rail control for the 1520 mm gauge market
Moscow, 18 May 2016 – Bombardier Transportation’s signalling engineering joint venture (JV) in Moscow, with partner Russian Railways’ (RZD), is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. The milestone is being marked by a Bombardier-hosted customer event, as part of the RZD’s Signalling and CBI Conference, to be attended by key customers and partners from Russia, CIS and the Baltics.
“The Russian rail control market and RZD have played an important role for Bombardier. Following the set-up of our JV in 1996, Bombardier technology was the first computer-based signalling chosen for Russia’s rail network and, since then, many of our advanced solutions first implemented on the RZD network have been delivered across the 1520 mm gauge market. Bombardier very much appreciates our strong partnership with RZD, reflecting their trust in our technology and delivery”, said Andrey Golubev, General Director of Bombardier Transportation (Signal) Ltd.
A pioneer in the region, Bombardier Transportation (Signal) Ltd was the first international joint venture to be formed for the Russian Railways, delivering the BOMBARDIER EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI) system. Since the first station was equipped in Russia in 1999, the company has become an expert in modern rail control for all countries operating the 1520 mm railway gauge. Today, almost 300 stations are equipped with Bombardier’s modern CBI systems across Russia, the Baltics, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and in Eastern Europe, and the company is market lead for implementation volume and level of technology.
The JV is also now at the forefront of introducing the latest-generation radio-based train control (RBTC) to the 1520 market, with the BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 550 mainline solution. In commercial operation since 2014 in Kazakhstan, the system is also in delivery on over 1100 km of mainline in Mongolia, the first RBTC overlay upgrade in the market to be implemented using existing interlockings. In Russia, the team is also delivering a modern signalling solution for the Moscow Small Railway Ring Project in cooperation with RZD subsidiary JSC NIIAS, the major institute for signalling research.
Further strengthening this strategic cooperation, in 2012 Bombardier Transportation finalised purchase of a stake in the RZD subsidiary, United Electrical Engineering Plants (JSC ELTEZA), the main signalling equipment manufacturer for the ‘1520’ area. Under this agreement a programme is underway to localise the manufacture of rail control products, the first of which were installed on the RZD network in 2013. In April 2016, to tackle the latest challenges faced by the railway industry, the two companies put into trial operation Russia’s pilot cyber-security for computer-based rail control.
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