Alstom and Aselsan, a Turkish company, signed a collaboration agreement on the establishment of a framework of cooperation and coordination in the field of ETCS signalling onboard. The agreement was signed by Ibrahim Bekar, Vice President of Aselsan, and Mama Sougoufara, the Managing Director of Alstom Middle East and Turkey.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with a major Turkish technology company like Aselsan. With this long-term partnership, Alstom will contribute to the modernisation of railways in Turkey in compliance with the international standards. I strongly believe this partnership will achieve productive and innovative results in terms of deployment of ERTMS on-board solutions for safe operations in the Turkish and global railway networks”, Mama Sougoufara said.
Main objective of this collaboration agreement is set as establishment of a long-term partnership to allow the two leading companies in the field of rail systems cooperate on both modernisation and new product development in both global and local markets.
“I strongly believe that Alstom’s experience in the field of rail systems and Aselsan’s technological capabilities will create synergy. This cooperation is intended to enable our country to reach the targets set in the 11th Development Plan and then, get into the global markets to be able to export technological products in the field of rail systems”, Ibrahim Bekar, Vice President of Aselsan, said.
Alstom is present in Turkey since 1950. The French manufacturer has supplied EMUs for the state-owned company TCDD, has installed the signalling system for the Kayseri Northern Pass Signalling and CTC project, has completed the Ankara CTC Control Centre project. Alstom delivered 80 metro vehicles for Bagcilar – Olimpiyat metro Line and 37 vehicles for Kabatas – Bagcilar metro line in Istanbul, and provided the maintenance for 12 high-speed trains.
Alstom has also provided system and subsystem design, production, installation, testing and commissioning services, training and maintenance services for TCDD within the scope of turnkey delivery project. The company has installed ERTMS/ETCS L1 and L2 Atlas signalling system, Smartlock200 electronic interlocking and integrated control center Iconis equipment for the Eskisehir-Kutahya-Balikesir line, of which five sections have been recently completed.
Alstom will also install the GSM-R system on the Alayunt – Afyon section on the line that Alstom has supplied the distribution and uninterrupted power supplies as well as the level crossing systems and technical equipment structures. In addition, Alstom will install ERTMS/ETCS L2 onboard equipment on 27 vehicles owned by TCDD.