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  • 27 November, 2020

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  • The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) has been accepted as a component of the World-Wide Radio Navigation System by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for its operation in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • This will enable the vessels to use IRNSS to obtain position information similar to GLONASS and GPS.


  • The navigation system up to 1,500 km in the Indian Ocean waters can now replace GPS.
  • This means that the ships in the Indian Ocean can obtain information from IRNSS for their position at sea.

What does the IMO recognition mean?

  • The IMO is an organization of the United Nations.
  • With the recognition, India has become the fourth country after US, Russia and China to have its own navigation systems.

What is IRNSS?

  • It is an independent regional navigational satellite system developed by India to provide accurate position information services to help ships in their navigation.
  • The GPS is Global Positioning System owned by the United States.
  • GLONASS is Global Navigation Satellite System of Russia.

Who can use IRNSS?

  • Security agencies can use IRNSS & merchant vessels including small fishing boats are authorized to use the system.
  • However, IRNSS is only a regional navigational system and not a global navigational system.

Source: PIB

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