As a reliable, versatile regional train or airport shuttle, the Desiro RUS offers impressive comfort and optimal safety. The Desiro RUS is a five-unit, single-deck, single-car multiple unit that can be used in double traction.
Railway operators today face a wide range of challenges: increasing passenger flow, high quality of transportation, safety, efficiency, ecology etc.
In order to implement a new level of technology, increasing reliability, safety and effectiveness, Russian Railways (RZD) ordered a fleet of 54 trains Desiro RUS.
RZD’s specific operational requirements had to be taken into account in the design of the Desiro RUS as well as the Russian climatic conditions, homologation regulations and diverse infrastructure and operating conditions.
As railway lines in Russia are electrified at 3 kV DC and others at 25 kV AC, the Desiro RUS is equipped with dual voltage power supply traction equipment.
The Desiro RUS, which is designed for regional, interregional and intermodal transit, can reach speeds of up to 160 km/h. In Russia, they are known by the name of "Lastochka," which means "little swallow".
On January 23, 2013 the Desiro RUS type regional train was sent off on its first trip with passengers on board.
In the future trains based on Desiro RUS will be produced in Russia by "Ural Locos", a joint venture of Siemens with Russian partner Sinara Group. The first contract, signed in September 2011, comprises the delivery of 240 trainsets with 1,200 cars. The production of the trains at a production facility near Yekaterinburg started in 2013.