Beijing, China: Two days after China started its own GNSS network, Beidou, the Central Military Commission of China, asked researchers to improve its security and ability to stop external interference.
Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China, the highest military body asked researchers to properly maintain home-grown navigation system, so that it can provide steady and reliable services for the country”s economic development and military combat preparations. Researchers need to beef up the security measures of the Beidou and increase its capacity to ward off interference.
According to Chinese media, Fan stressed that the system has broken China”s reliance on foreign navigation systems and carries great significance in safeguarding national security and promoting economic development.
Earlier, the Central Military Commission congratulated officials for the launch of Beidou which makes China the third country after US and Russia to have the system. China started its initial research on the system in 1985, and the project is named after the seven-star cluster known in English as the Big Dipper.
China launched the first Beidou satellite in 2000, and a preliminary version of the system has been used in traffic control, weather forecasting and disaster relief work on a trial basis since 2003.
At present, the system has over 1.30 lakh military and civilian users, including those in the financial, power, fishery and fire-fighting sectors, and it served as an important means of communication during the relief work following the devastating 8.0 magnitude earthquake in May 2008 in Sichuan”s Wenchuan County, Xinhua reported.
Ran Chengqi, a spokesman for the system, said the system aims to take 70 to 80 percent of the now GPS-dominated domestic market by 2020.
Source: Economic Times