The 125-tonne six-axle locomotives are equipped with a 2.46MW EMD 645 prime mover, microprocessor control, and GPS positioning.

The fleet will be deployed on intermodal trains for the ports of Haifa and Ashdod, totalling up to 500 TEUs per day.

The Shekels 50m ($US 13.5m) order includes an option for six additional units.

IR is investing in new motive power to replace life-expired locomotives and support the expansion of its freight business.