Russia Offers India Joint GLONASS Development

Russia has offered India joint participation in development of its GLONASS satellite navigation system on an equal basis, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on 17JUL12.

“We have offered our Indian counterparts not only use of the Glonass system but also participation in upgrading it. We practically see it as a joint effort. I think our Indian counterparts will be interested in it,” said Rogozin, who has special responsilibity for Russia’s military-industrial complex.

The Global Navigation Satellite System, which was officially launched in 1993, is a Russian counterpart to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). It fixes the location and speed of surface, sea and air objects to within an accuracy of one meter.

Russia and India have been cooperating on use of GLONASS for more than four years, but Russia has not previously offered equal joint participation in upgrading the system.

Earlier this year (FEB12), Russia announced the expansion of GLONASS with plans of putting an additional two satellite into orbit later in the year. A group of 31 Glonass satellites is currently in orbit, with 24 operating to provide global coverage, four in reserve and one undergoing trials. Russia plans to spend 346.5 billion rubles (almost $12 bln) on the maintenance and further development of the Glonass network in 2012-2020. Russia will also target Latin America markets for use with GLONASS. 

RIAN 17JUL12

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