Israel Railways (ISR) has signed a contract worth €900 million with Siemens for 60 Desiro HC regional trainsets – the first time Siemens has delivered complete trains to the country.
The agreement also marks the first time that the Desiro platform has been sold outside of Germany.
The double-deck trains – of which the first tranche includes six in four-car and 18 in six-car configuration – will be delivered over 10 years.
The order also included maintenance for the first 24 trains over a period of 15 years and the construction of a maintenance workshop in Ashkelon, a coastal city in Israel.
Siemens Mobility CEO Sabrina Soussan said: “This order is strategically important for us in two respects.
“For the first time in our company’s history, we will be delivering complete trains to Israel. And also for the first time, we’ve sold our innovative Desiro HC train platform outside of Germany.”