Russia: According to Roscosmos head, Igor Komarov, the Russian space agency will transfer control over the ground infrastructure of the GLONASS global positioning system to the country's defense ministry later this year. "Key problems have been solved… [The infrastructure will be handed over] this year," said Komarov in a media address on Wednesday.
GLONASS is a satellite navigation system, which offers an alternative to the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The system currently consists of 28 satellites, of which 23 are operational, and a number of ground relay stations. The network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.