PAKISTAN ARMY To Replace American GPS System With CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) By 2020:
In a bid to end the total reliance on US-based GPS system, PAKISTAN ARMY has decided to replace the American Global Positioning System (GPS) system with the CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) by 2020, which is expected to join the list of credible global satellite navigation system with global coverage by the year of 2020.
It is worth mentioning that PAKISTAN’s All Weather Ally and Iron Brother CHINA is expected to launch the last satellite of its indigenous BeiDou Constellation Navigation System Satellites, which will help its long-term and Strategic Ally PAKISTAN to gain benefit from it.
The CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is the fourth consecutive Global Satellite Based Navigation system after the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia’s GLONASS and Europe’s Galileo Satellite Navigation System.
In modern day warfare, the overall significance of Global Satellite Navigation system has emerged more than ever before. The reason behind that almost each missile of the world uses some specific kind of global navigation system to reach and destroy its target with pinpoint accuracy. Now, imagine if a country has used a specific global navigation system of a particular country and the country deliberately disables the functionality of the navigation system at a crucial time, then what the military of the country would do in this regard?
According to the Defense Experts, the satellite-based Navigation system plays a crucial role in the modern hybrid warfare environment, as a number of countries have used the different Satellite Navigation System on their Weapons, which the native country can easily disable at its sole discretion.
When PAKISTAN ARMY deployed its troops in Kargil in 1999, the indian military instantly goes to the united states and sought the Global Positioning System Data for the Kargil region to know the positions of PAKISTANI Troops. The US has reportedly denied indian request to share any space-based navigation system with the country.
Apart from using the CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for military navigation purposes, system can also be used for agricultural purposes as well.
The Satellite Navigation industry of Beijing is expanding considerably and Beijing expects that this industry will easily surpass the whopping 57 Billion USD or 400 Billion Yuan in the current year.
A report prepared by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission state that CHINESE BeiDou Satellite Navigation System is a state of the art navigation system features pinpoint accuracy of under 8.25 meters, by using the constellation of 35 state of the art satellites. Furthermore, the accuracy can further be improved centimeter level accuracy by using the additional ground stations in the area.
Aspect of BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System For CHINA:
PAKISTAN’s All Weather Ally and Strategic Partner CHINA has basically used the BeiDou Satellite Navigation System to serve different Strategic purposes, which are as follows:
- To secure the Critical National Security Requirement by totally ending the reliance in US-based Global Positioning System (GPS)
- To achieve the leverage of International and Domestic prestige, as there are only 4 Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), which have so far developed in the world
- To build a commercial downstream satellite navigation industry to take advantage of the quickly expanding market
- To cementing CHINA’s status as the leading Space Power in the world
Prospects of CHINESE BeiDou Global Satellite Navigation System For PAKISTAN ARMY:
It is worth mentioning that PAKISTAN ARMED FORCES, including the PAKISTAN ARMY, PAKISTAN NAVY and PAKISTAN AIR FORCE have previously heavily relied on US-Based GPS Navigation Satellite System and have installed the American GPS system on all its missiles and strategic weapons.
PAKISTAN being the long-term Strategic Partner and All-Weather Ally of CHINA has enjoyed special privileges, especially in the Defense Sector, which not any country in the world has enjoyed so far.
This is the reason that PAKISTAN’s All Weather Ally CHINA has granted the unrestricted military access to PAKISTAN over BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) that only the CHINESE PEOPLE’s LIBERATION ARMY (PLA) uses.
As all the PAKISTANI missiles are using the US-based GPS system to find their target, so they can be easily be disable by US at the crucial time as US has a long history of betrayal and back-stabbing PAKISTAN at crucial Junctures.
It is important to mention that CHINESE PEOPLE’s LIBERATION ARMY (PLA) has already switched its core Defense and Weapon systems on the indigenously developed BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
The CHINESE ARMED FORCES have integrated all the major weaponry on the BeiDou Navigation system as the modern day warfare requires pinpoint accuracy, advanced communication systems and precision-guided weapons. `
CHINESE Media has stated that the BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is quite unique from other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) available in the world, because it includes the “Medium Earth Orbit, inclined geosynchronous earth orbit and geostationary earth orbit satellites.”
CHINESE PEOPLE’s LIBERATION ARMY (PLA) has successfully integrated the indigenously developed BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) on all its weaponry and command system.
PAKISTAN is the first foreign country in the world that has used the CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System and now, more than 30 countries of the world are now using this system, largely in the Asia, Africa and Middle East, including PAKISTAN, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Maldives, Kuwait, Uganda, Cambodia and Egypt.
UniStrong Science and Technology Co, a Beijing-headquartered global navigation satellite system has also established a regional satellite navigation system consisting of one processing center and five base stations in Karachi back on May 21, 2014.
The Chief Scientist of UniStrong Science and Technology Shen Jun has stated the company has successfully completed the first stage of PAKISTAN’s geographic positioning network with the network covering in Karachi.
PAKISTAN is also a major and a prime Defense Partner of CHINA and is purchasing state of the art Warship, Submarines and Fighter Jets, which are also using the CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for target acquiring and communication systems.
PAKISTAN indigenous and Prime Fighter Jet JF-17 Thunder is also using CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation System (GNSS) for its combat operations.
Furthermore, PAKISTAN’s indigenously developed RA’AD-II Cruise Missile also reportedly uses the CHINESE BeiDou Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS), which could easily be seen as an attempt of PAKISTAN MILITARY to end its reliance on US-based Global Positioning System (GPS).
PAKISTAN’s Leading Defense Analyst Lieutenant General (r) Talat Masood has said CHINA is more dependable and trustworthy ally of PAKISTAN than the United Sates, which has a long history of back-stabbing PAKISTAN on several occasions.
PAKISTAN can become the First foreign country in the world to totally replace all of its weapons and systems from US-based Global System (GPS) to CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). It means that it will also help to end the US monopoly over PAKISTAN Weapons systems, which need precise communication and guidance systems.
Referring the CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), the Defense Analyst Lt. General Talat Masood said, “No doubt U.S has advanced technology, but CHINA is catching-up now, which would be helpful for PAKISTAN as well.”
“CHINESE satellite system would reduce PAKISTAN’s reliance on US-owned GPS,” Lt Gen (r) further added.
Reportedly, the decision of PAKISTAN to end its reliance from US GPS to CHINESE BeiDou System has caused serious panic in the united states as if the Military Trials of the BeiDou went successful, so Beijing could offer the same system to other countries, as it would become impossible for the united states to monitor the military activities of such countries.
It seems that the more difficult days and sleepless nights ahead for india as CHINA has allowed unrestricted military access to PAKISTAN over its indigenous Global Navigations Satellite System.
Top Defense Analysts are suggesting that this is the right move of PAKISTAN according to the essence of present times as the strategic partnership between the US and india is increasing day by day and it would be a grave national security threat to keep trusting US by keeping a blind eye on its past bitter track records.
The leading US-based media outlet New York Times has reported in 2018 as “PAKISTAN is the only country that CHINA has been granted unrestricted access to the system’s military service, allowing more precise guidance for missiles, ship and aircraft.”
The most striking thing is that US-based Global Positioning System (GPS) has 27 satellites in orbit, Russian GLONASS Global Navigation Satellite System has about 21 Satellites in orbit, European Galileo Satellite Positioning System has 30 Satellites, while the CHINESE BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) has more than 35 Satellites into orbit and this number is also expected to grow in future.
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