India is the tenth largest economy (GDP) in the world, with a growth rate of 7.1 per cent in 2011-12. India has long term ambitions to develop its capacity as a GNSS provider. The India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the entity responsible for these activities and the systems will be entirely controlled by the government. There are two existing national systems:

  • The Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) is an autonomous regional satellite navigation system being developed by ISRO which would be under total control of Indian government.
  • The GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) is a initiative towards establishing SBAS over Indian FIR. This is a joint program between Airports Authority of India and Indian Space Research Organization. GAGAN is already operational.

In addition EU-India co-operation in GNSS is still valid and covers a very wide area from downstream & upstream applications, receiver R&D etc.

For those and many more reasons India is considered to be a very important economy for GNSS applications. 

In India, the European Business Group India (EBGI) and particularly its Bangalore Chapter is the driving force behind the project, bringing its own experience, network and industrial cooperation expertise to make the project a sustainable success.

More information on the GNSS background of India and the local activities related to the project can be found at .


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