India: BrahMos Aerospace, a Russian-Indian joint venture manufacturing supersonic cruise missiles, is successfully using Russian-built GLONASS receivers for aiming and target acquisition, according to the company’s CEO, Sivathanu Pillai.
Pillai said, “BrahMos missiles equipped with GLONASS receivers acquire and effectively engage targets. The receivers performed reliably and consistently.” The BrahMos missile has a range of 290 km (180 miles) and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg (660 lbs). It can effectively engage targets from an altitude as low as 10 meters (30 feet) and has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the US made subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had earlier said that Russia would complete the formation of a global navigation satellite group by the end of 2010 and that there would be around 24 to 28 satellites in orbit at any given time.
Russia currently has a total of 22 GLONASS satellites in orbit, but only 16 of them are functional. The system requires 18 operational satellites for continuous navigation services covering the entire territory of Russia and at least 24 satellites to provide navigation services worldwide.
Source: RIA Novosti