This order comes from an existing framework contract for 200 6.4MW 160km/h locomotives, which ÖBB concluded with Siemens in January 2017. The framework contract comprises up to 100 standard freight locomotives, 50 multi-system locomotives, and 50 last-mile locomotives equipped with a 1.8MW diesel engine.

The initial firm order was for 30 ETCS-equipped multi-system locomotives worth around €120m, the first of which was handed over to ÖBB in March 2018. This was followed a few days later by a second order for 17 units. These locomotives are certified for operation in Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia and Croatia.

The additional locomotives are of the same type and country configuration as the 47 already ordered.

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