Russian GPS, Glonass, to be tested on Ladas

Russia’s largest car manufacturer, AvtoVAZ, is aiming to produce 15,000 Lada Priora cars equipped with the GLONASS navigation system, Russia’s rival to the US’s GPS, by the end of this year.

According to Lenta.ru website, Lada Priora will be the pilot project of a bigger deal to install GLONASS navigators on cars made in Russia. In 2010, the GLONASS system will be installed on Lada Kalinas, and later on all new AvtoVAZ cars models.

Earlier in May, head of Russia’s space agency Roskosmos Anatoly Perminov suggested a ban on the import cars whose navigation systems did not support GLONASS.
“Car owners will have to use our GLONASS systems,” he said.

Russian-made GLONASS navigators were launched on the market in December 2007. They are available today at an average price of 17,000 rubles ($540). The Glonass system includes 20 satellites to guarantee navigational guidance throughout Russia. The need for an alternative to the American GPS system is mainly seen by the military. In the event of a conflict, the system can be reset so that the opponent’s instruments stop working.

Lada Priora is the latest line of family economy cars produced by AvtoVAZ, which has an annual production between 600,000 and 700,000 cars per year.

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