Russia, China Alliance on Navigation Satellites Threatens GPS

A Beidou satellite inside the payload fairing and ready for stacking at Xichang in 2016. (source: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.)

A Beidou satellite inside the payload fairing and ready for stacking at Xichang in 2016. (source: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.)

September 9, 2019 | Source: National Defense Magazine, nationaldefensemagazine.org, Dana A. Goward, 23 August 2019

Russia and China have been increasingly moving toward greater synergies between their respective satellite navigation systems since at least 2015.

The stated goals of the two powers have been ensuring compatibility and interoperability of GLONASS and BeiDou navigation systems; augmentations, including mutual allocation of measuring stations within the territories of Russia and China; global navigation satellite system performance characteristics monitoring and assessment; and navigation technologies application.

Last month, the partnership entered a new stage. Russia passed a law titled “On ratification of the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the use of GLONASS and BeiDou global navigation satellite systems for peaceful purposes.”

This has caused some experts to assess the future implications for both GPS and the United States.

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