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China’s CRRC Unveils Israel-bound Explosion-proof Light Rail Train



China’s CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd. has unveiled an explosion-proof light rail train that will be used in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The 23-km line is schedule to be put into operation in 2021.

As required by the Israeli side, the train was designed with explosion-proof features of the highest security standards.

The explosion-proof designs includes an underframe structure that is made of non-ferromagnetic material, which can prevent magnetic bombs from being attached to it. The windows are equipped with explosion-proof glass that can withstand the impact of stones and burning bottles.

Inside the train, the door of the driver’s room is designed in accordance with Israel’s anti-intrusion safety standards.

In terms of fire resistance, the underframe structure will remain intact within 15 minutes of combustion, giving passengers enough time to evacuate.

In 2015, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles signed an agreement with Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. in Tel Aviv to provide 90 light metro cars, with an option for 30 more for the city’s 23km Red Line light rail system.

A 16-year maintenance agreement was also signed to provide not just product but also long-term service and solutions.