Astronics Corporation subsidiary Astronics Test Systems (ATS) has secured a $30m contract to supply rail test systems to Stadler US.

Under the contract, the company will develop and supply consolidated test systems to railway rolling stock manufacturer Stadler US, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stadler Rail.

In partnership with Stadler and its major systems suppliers, Astronics will design and deploy automatic testers and diagnostics that verify the quality of critical railcar systems and ensure passenger safety.

In addition, Stadler will deliver new generation metro cars to the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). ATS will be responsible for supplying post-delivery maintenance support equipment to these cars under the contract.

Astronics chairman, president and CEO Peter Gundermann said: “We are proud to partner with Stadler and MARTA to provide consolidated test solutions to another top municipality.

“This is an important win for the ATS transit team, which continues to advance test system modernisation and enhance safety by introducing the benefits of standard consolidated support solutions.”

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MARTA revenue service is expected to take delivery of the cars starting in 2024.

The programme is expected to generate revenue to Astronics for four years beginning in the last quarter of this year.

Gundermann added: “The Atlanta programme is a logical application of our skills and capabilities, leveraging our consolidated test experience for the benefit of rail car OEMs and transit authorities. We look forward to making the programme successful for Stadler and MARTA.”

Earlier, ATS’ test solutions were selected for the New York City subway system upgrade programme.