The total value of the contract is around Yen 37bn ($US 384m) and includes the delivery 17 three-car trains, signalling systems, telecommunications (including wireless train radio), power supplies, platform screen doors, automatic fare collection, and depot facilities.

Under a separate agreement, Hitachi will also provide maintenance services for five years from the start of commercial operations, which are expected to begin in 2019.

Line 1 will run for 19.6km from Ben Thanh Market to Suoi Tien, with a 2.2km underground section between Ben Thanh and Ba Son Shipyard. Construction began last year on the 17km elevated section, which is being built by a consortium of Sumitomo and Vietnamese partner Cienco. The contract to construct the underground section is currently being tendered.