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Russia to place global navigation stations in China

Updated: Nov 12,2014 9:19 AM     Xinhua

MOSCOW — Several ground bases of Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) will be deployed in China, a Russian company said on Nov 11.

“We with our Chinese colleagues have already inspected the sites near Chinese cities of Urumqi and Changchun. In December we’ll start joint works at the chosen sites,” said Andrei Tyulin, general manager of the Russian Space Systems company.

The deployment will enhance quality of navigation service for users of Russia’s global navigation system Glonass, bringing location accuracy to one meter or better, Interfax news agency quoted Tyulin as saying.

“Joint work with Chinese partners has been especially important in order to meet the growing demand for the precision positioning services,” Tyulin said.

Currently Glonass operates 19 ground stations in Russia, three in Antarctic and one in Brazil. Two more stations are to be deployed in Kazakhstan and one more in Belarus.

Russia plans to deploy 40 to 50 Glonass ground stations around the world, including the United States, South Africa and Brazil. The system deployment started in 1993 as Russia’s answer to the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in April that Russia eyes closer economic ties with China especially on joint projects in the high-tech field, including the Glonass and China’s Beidou satellite navigation systems.