IMO Recognizes Indian Navigation System (IRNSS)

  • The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has recognized Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) as a part of the World Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS).
  • Now India is the fourth country in the world to have its independent regional navigation satellite system recognised by IMO.
  • The other three countries that have its navigation systems recognised by the IMO are - US-owned Global Position System (GPS), Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) and China’s Beidou.
  • The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is designed to provide accurate position information services to assist in the navigation of ships in Indian Ocean waters within the area of approximately 1,500 km from the Indian boundary (50°N latitude, 55°E longitude, 5°S latitude and 110°E longitude).