Delhi metro carriage delivered by air

26.2.2009   (Railway Gazette)

INDIA: The first of 424 Bombardier metro cars [ = carriage ] for Delhi arrived
in India onboard an Antonov Airlines AN-124-100M high capacity freight aircraft
on February 26.

The 45 tonne, 22 ·5 m long and 3 ·2 m wide metro car had been moved by road from Bombardier’s
Görlitz plant in eastern Germany to Parchim airport in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
the previous day.

Delhi Metro Rail Corp placed a €427m order for 340 Movia cars in July 2007.    
An €87m option for a further 84 was exercised in March 2008, bringing the order
to 37 four-car and 46 six-car trainsets worth a total of €514m.     The trains are
required for the 60 km Phase 2 of the metro network.   They will be air-conditioned,
have electronic information systems, and are designed to be 90% recyclable under
Bombardier’s ECO4 environmental policy.

The first 36 cars are being manufactured at Görlitz. The rest will be produced
at a newly-built €33m factory at Savli in the Vadodara district of Gujarat, which
Bombardier inaugurated last November to serve projects in the Indian and southeast
Asian markets. Bombardier has been training 60 staff from India at Görlitz, and
employees from the German plant are in India to support the establishment of the
Savli factory.
Antonov Airlines AN-124-100M heavy-lift aircraft

Bombardier’s VästerÃ¥s plant in Sweden is handling design and project management,
and developed the Mitrac propulsion system for the 25 kV cars in conjunction with
the company’s sites in Mannheim and Bucuresti. The stainless steel bodies for
the first cars are being made at Hennigsdorf, with the 1 676 mm gauge bogies produced
at Derby and Siegen.

‘This project is a prime example of collaboration between Bombardier and its
customer across cultures, countries, continents and sites’, said Stephan Krenz,
President of the Germany & Scandinavia business unit of Bombardier Transportation’s
Passenger Division. ‘Our international team developed and supplied a brand new
vehicle in just 1 ½ years while at the same time establishing a new production
plant in India.’



more about the Antonov:

AN-124 Ruslan Heavy Transport: Modern Development

The AN-124-100 commerce aircraft is developed on the basis of AN-124 "Ruslan"
heavy military transport aircraft which is the biggest heavylifter in the world.    
It is intended for transportation heavy and oversized cargo, various special technique.    
In 1992, ANTONOV ASTC obtained the Type Certificate on the AN-124-100.


        There is a double-deck fuselage layout. There are the cockpit, the relief
crew compartment and the cargo attendants’ cabin at the upper deck. The lower
deck is a pressurized cargo compartment. Construction and dimensions of the forward
and rear cargo doors closed with ramps ensure quick and easy loading/unloading
operations. The airborne cargo handling system allows perform the loading/unloading
without the aid of the ground equipment. The multi-wheel landing gear of a high
rough-field capacity, availability of two APU and mechanization of loading provide
the independent aircraft operation from the poorly equipped airfields. Simplicity,
reliability and safety of the aircraft operation are ensured by the redundancy
and computerization of its systems.


        The aircraft unique cargo capacity and high performance have been proved
during the commercial operation opened a new segment of the market: transportation
of oversized and extra-heavy cargo. The AN-124 has been used to deliver 90 t hydraulic turbines, the Liebherr large
dimension truck crane, the USA Euclid mine truck, the fuselage of the Tu-204 passenger
aircraft, the 109 t locomotive, the General Electric GE90 aircraft engines, various
combat vehicles, the Lynx anti-submarine helicopters, the spaceship in capsule
and other unique cargo. And transportation of the 135,2 t electric generator of
the Siemens Company that entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the heaviest
cargo single piece ever carried by air.


        Aircraft corresponds to the Part III, Appendix 16, of the ICAO regulations
as to the noise level. The works on provision the III (minus 5DcB) and IV Chapter
performance are kept. The AN-124 fully meets also requirements as to emission
of the aviation engines, accuracy of piloting, flights under conditions of short
vertical separation spacing, etc.


        The modification of the АN-124-100М-150 aircraft has been developed by ANTONOV
ASTC. It includes the main components of the АN-124-100 program development:

  • payload increased from 120 t to 150 t;
  • take-off weight increased from 392 t to 402 t;
  • flight range increased, including the cargo of 120 t: from 4650 km to 5400 km;
  • aircraft assigned service life is up to 24000 flight hours; the works on its
    extension up to 45 000 flight hours/10 000 flights/40 years service life are being
  • the new PO-500 schedule of maintenance was introduced (maintenance every 500
    flight hours);
  • airborne equipment providing loading-unloading operations of single piece of
    cargo up to 40 t weight;
  • fuselage structure had been forced to provide airlift of single piece of cargo
    up to 150 t weight;
  • Navigation System and radar had been updated;
  • digital antiskid braking system allowing to reduce landing distance up to 30%
    had been installed;
  • crew was reduced from 6 to 4 members, and the comfort level of the crew rest
    cabin was improved;
  • military oxygen equipment had been exchanged with the civil one;
  • enforced wheels and tires had been installed;
  • new devices of engine control were installed;
  • modernized systems of reverse control and engine vibrostate monitoring were developed;
  • the СРППЗ-2000 ground proximity warning system was installed;
  • A826 inertial navigation system was upgraded;
  • Enhanced observation (EHS) was applied;
  • Mail Minimum Equipment List was developed and now being implemented



        Zaporozhye IVCHENKO-PROGRESS Engine Design Bureau (Ukraine) had carried
out development work to improve reliability, gas-dynamic stability, and service
life of the Д-18T engine series 3. The development of Д-18Т more modern engine
series 4 is being performed


        The large volume of work is waiting for Ruslan in the world market of air
transportations of the oversized and super heavy cargo. The experts foresee increase
of the volume of the market about three times that will reach $US 1.4 billion
before 2017 and $US 2.3 billion before 2030. That is why carriers will need up
to several dozens of new Ruslans soon. In connection with it Ukraine and Russia
signed "Solution about priority measures on renewal of serial production and step-by-step
modernization of AN124-100 aircraft at enterprises of Russian Federation and Ukraine".


        Consideration and coordination of ‘Technical requirements on AN-124-100V-150
aircraft with improved customer qualities’, which will be proposed for serial
production, are coming to an end.


        Technical requirements for avionic upgrate were developed and agreed with


        In March 2006 use of Ruslans within the SALIS programme started. Aircraft
of ANTONOV AIRLINES and Volga-Dnepr group companies are involved in this programme
performance. Two these largest operators of Ruslans participate in the programme
as equals.


        According to the signed Contract two AN-124-100 are constantly based in
Leipzig Halle airport. Another 4 machines are being given on request. The AN-124-100
will perform strategic transportations in the interests of EC and NATO within
the period of up to 2012.