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GLONASS Union counts on China

On 13 November the members of GLONASS Union, which include the biggest Russian companies (Megafon, VimpelCom, MTS, Rostelecom et al.), have agreed on the partnership development strategy for the period until 2018. It was announced to the Izvestia newspaper by Alexander Gurko, the president of GLONASS Union.

A new strategy was developed at the end of the first stage of the partnership: an emergency response system was developed by the efforts of the Union, which has recently been handed over to the JSC GLONASS financial statement established this year. Consequently, now GLONASS Union has a strong team of experts and a status of the federal network operator in the field of navigation. It guarantees the Union participation in all the big Russian and International state projects connected with satellite navigation and telematics.

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Having accepted a strategy for a further period, the members of the union have decided that such format of cooperation on the navigation services market might be of service later. The text of the accepted strategy of the Union says that the partnership will offer its services to create major navigation and information systems on vehicles, mainly in CIS and BRICKS countries. The joint projects on the development of high precision navigation services and the cooperation during the chipset and facilities development process are planned for BRICKS countries.

GLONASS Union will offer the consulting and analytical services in the sphere of navigation and telematics technologies development and application to the Russian and foreign governmental authorities. A similar offer is made to the development institutes, commercial companies (both Russian and foreign) and start-ups. Also the Union is ready to provide the consulting services on the legislative and technical regulation; on the creation and implementation of emergency response systems. In other words, other states will be given assistance in creating an ERA-GLONASS system analogue. In reality, some countries like India, Belarus and China have already declared their plans to create similar services.

So far, China seems the most perspective direction of international cooperation in the sphere of navigation. Last autumn GLONASS Union and China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO – the biggest State Corporation in China on the production of weapons) agreed on the creation of the joint company that would promote the services based on GLONASS and similar Chinese system BeiDou (yet at the forming stage of a satellite group) all over the world.

"The parties made a decision to determine the existing technological competencies that would become a foundation for the future JV (Joint Venture), - was said in the protocol of the NORINCO and GLONASS Union meeting in Zhuhai. – The parties are planning to ask for the government support for joint initiatives to promote abroad". According to the words of Gurko, one of the missions of the NORINCO and GLONASS Union alliance is to unite the market channels of the finite solutions. With regard to the scale of the Chinese market, that opens some impressive prospects for the domestic developers.

- Export of Russian solutions in the sphere of motor transport has a significant potential, - says Andrey Ionin, a member of the Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation. – Today we keep the leading positions in terms of creation of the large monitoring systems and state safety systems based on navigation technologies. A demonstrative example of that leadership is ERA-GLONASS; we were the first ones in the world to create such system. In terms of an international cooperation the most promising projects in the following years seem to be the projects on equipping transport corridors as a part of EEU and A New Silk Road, which were agreed on in May by the heads of Russia and China.