GLONASS Union offers establishing a joint R&D center in Skolkovo to Chinese partners
The 2nd China-Russia Expo opened October 12th in Harbin, China. During the session "Bilateral cooperation in the field of engineering, innovation and investment" GLONASS Union President Alexander Gurko made a presentation on the development of cooperation between Russia and China in the field of navigation.
GLONASS Union is actively cooperating with China North Industry Corporation (NORINCO) in the field of development of navigation receivers and cross-border projects. In July 2015 in the framework of the 3rd International Forum of Technological Development "Technoprom" in Novosibirsk a proposal for joint development of promising GLONASS/BeiDou navigation receiver was handed to Chinese partners.
"A jointly developed, modern and globally competitive range of GLONASS/BeiDou navigation receivers will be the basis for the further creation of various hardware and applications to use in Russia, in China and for export to the global market, - said Alexander Gurko. – The preliminary requirements are already prepared, the budget - about $10 million – and 24-month timelines are determined. GLONASS Union will participate in this project on the Russian side, and NORINCO – on the Chinese side."
A process of harmonization of financial and economic feasibility of the project, determining the matrix of responsibility and the schedule of execution of works are going on at the moment. The Russian side is ready to assume a design of the navigation receiver, and the Chinese side will manufacture it. Parties decided the project will be launched as a joint R&D center and then they are planning to establish a company on parity basis responsible for the production and marketing of the joint product.
"We offer the Chinese side to establish a joint GLONASS/BeiDou R&D center in the territory of Technopark "GLONASS" in Skolkovo, as a production and sales company to place in one of the Chinese special BeiDou support zones, - added GLONASS Union President. - As a result of negotiations within the framework of the 2nd China-Russia Expo we plan to prepare an appeal to Russian and Chinese investment development institutions in order to attract financial partners for the fast implementation of this project."
GLONASS Union also actively cooperates with Telematics Industry Application Alliance in China (TIAA). Both organizations support of participating companies in joint development of embedded GLONASS/BeiDou systems and devices for calling emergency services as well as in joint development of in-vehicle information service platforms and in promotion of services.