Russian army expects domestic GPS and GLONASS remote receivers

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — For better positional awareness, the Russian army will receive indigenously developed receivers for GPS and GLONASS navigation. Roselectronics, part of Rostec, has already reworked the analog. Rostec says these are hand-held remotes and built-in global positioning antennas.

Russian army expects domestic GPS and GLONASS remote receivers
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Production begins this year, the company says. The Russian receiver for GPS and GLONASS was developed for the needs of special operations, including military operations, special forces operations, etc. It can be integrated into special-purpose military equipment, Rostec says. Roselectronics plans to also produce a version “embedded in a civilian product” for the civilian market.

The technology was developed by the Omsk Research Institute [ORI]. It is part of the structure of Roselectronics. Samples have already been tested and the results are excellent, Russian sources say. Rostec says that ORI has developed technology for the production of passive radiators. This technology “steps” on high-temperature ceramics. The whole system has high dielectric constant characteristics.

Mr. Vladimir Berezovsky, Director General of ORI, says that the new receivers [antennas] are designed to ensure Russia’s technological sovereignty. According to him, Russian product is cheaper than “foreign models”. “We plan to start mass production in 2023,” Mr. Berezovsky said, without elaborating.

Developed by young scientists

Russia acquired processor developer Elbrus through Rosatom
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It turns out that the new GPS and GLONASS were developed by young Russian scientists. Specialists in the field of science and technology took part in the development. The portable remote antenna has become popular among the Russian public high-tech developments after it won an award in the competition for the Youth Award of the Russian Union of Scientific and Engineering Public Associations “Hope of Russia” for the priorities of scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation.

The Russian analog of dissonance receivers is good news for the digital engineering technology industry. Especially against the background of Western sanctions that were imposed because of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. We remind you that the West took measures to stop the access and import from Russia of microchips, integrated circuits, and semiconductors from a large part of the world’s manufacturers.

Rosatom ‘in the game’

This news, as well as the news that Rosatom acquired the microchip and integrated circuit company Elbrus, suggests that Moscow is trying to break away from its dependence on Western technology. We recall that Rosatom acquired Elbrus in mid-February this year.

The real problem of Russia is not the lack of intellectual potential, but a production base. It turns out that Russia has specifications and drawings of the necessary integrated circuits and chips, but no production. Until now, including now, Russia has been importing Western-made electronics as much as possible under the circumstances.

Russia acquired processor developer Elbrus through Rosatom
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This is where Rosatom comes in. Russian analysts suggest that the incorporation of the state corporation means a step forward for the future production in Russia of photolithography equipment and the construction of new semiconductor plants in the country, which in the era of sanctions are very important.

However, it appears that Russia will not be able to use newly produced chips locally during the war in Ukraine. A future factory for microchips and processors will take a long time. According to some experts, if this happens in the optimal time frame, this means up to two years. Experts say Moscow’s idea is primarily about starting a future Russian microchip and processor industry.


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