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India buys train simulators to train drivers


INDIAN Railways will receive the first of 12 new age train simulators – at a cost of $30 million – from Australia next month.

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As part of the contract several training centres will also be built across India over the next three years that will provide simulator training for thousands of India’s drivers.

A total of 12 full-cab rail simulators and 60 desk simulators will be used in twelve cities, including Mumbai and Kolkata.

Manufactured and designed by South Australian-based company Sydac, the simulators will boost India’s operational and rail safety.

South Australian Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith said the first simulator will be handed over in the city of Jodhpur.

“The Indian railway is the fourth largest railway network in the world, carrying more than 24 million passengers and 2.8 tonnes of freight daily – Sydac has identified this potential,” he said.

Mr Hamilton-Smith met with key stakeholders last week during South Australia’s largest ever trade delegation to India where a broad range of sectors were represented including food and wine, arts, education, health, mining and resources, tourism, defence and advanced manufacturing.

“South Australian companies have specialist skills to optimise manufacturing – such as through automation – that are already being utilised in India,’’ he said.

“India is South Australia’s third largest export market, worth nearly $800 million – however this has significant potential to grow.

The announcement comes as South Australia hosts Australasia’s 20th annual simulation industry conference, SimTecT, in Adelaide.

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