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-Russian Federation Ambassador to Palau Igor Khovaev told Island Times in an interview Monday, that Russia is proposing to establish a ground station for the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) in Palau.
Ambassador Khovaev, who paid a courtesy call to State Minister Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, said that one of the things he had conveyed to the Palauan official was the Russian Federation’s proposal to establish GLONASS here.
GLONASS is a satellite navigation system that is the Russian counterpart of the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS) that is widely used today.
“Our global navigation system is more efficient and because it is a global system that’s why we need to have ground stations in different parts of our small world,” Khovaev said.
According to Khovaev, Palau’s geographical location is “very good” for the proposed project.
The ambassador also emphasised that the proposed project will only be used for “peaceful civilian purposes” with “no military dimension” involved.
The technology could also be used in air and maritime navigation, the Russian diplomat said, hence, making it beneficial for both countries.
“If it is interesting for the Palauan government, a delegation of Russian experts can visit Palau to have negotiations on all relevant modalities to discuss specific terms and cooperation,” Khovaev added.
GLONASS reportedly became the most expensive programme of the Russian Federal Space Agency as of 2010. It was first developed by the Soviet Union in 1976.
Meanwhile, the United States is also working with Palau in the installation of maritime domain awareness (MDA) radar systems which is said to aid the country in monitoring its 500,000-square-kilometer marine sanctuary by 2020.
Vice President Raynold Oilouch said the US radar system in Kayangel and Angaur states will be the first to be completed.
The MDA that will be jointly used by Palau and the United States has a range of 70 miles offshore, according to Oilouch.
The United States had also proposed sites for Aerial Domain Awareness (ADA) in Ngaraard and Angaur.
SOURCE: ISLAND TIMES/PACNEWS
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