China’s Beidou satellite navigation system will reduce the Pakistan military’s dependence on the US-owned Global Positioning System (GPS). After the system is projected to achieve worldwide coverage in 2020, the reliance on GPS will reduce.
Thus GPS in Pakistan will be replaced with China’s BeiDou Navigation System. This is basically the gist of the discussion between ex-military officials and telecom experts.
Beidou is the world’s fourth leading space-based navigation system. The other three are US’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS and the European Union’s Galileo. The experts state that the satellite-based system plays an essential part in the contemporary world, most importantly during wartime.
The reports state that during the Kargil war in 1999 when Pakistani troops took position the first thing that the Indian military took hold of was the GPS data of the region. The US-maintained navigation system, denied access to India.
Beidou by China has access to 30 nations that include Pakistan, Egypt, and Indonesia. In 2019 and 2020 it will send the six third-generation Beidou satellites into inclined geosynchronous satellite orbits, medium Earth orbits, and geostationary orbits.
A U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report stated that BeiDou satellite navigation system will achieve worldwide coverage by 2020. It will use 35 satellites to provide position accuracies of under ten meters.
China has worked to field its own satellite navigation system in order to address its own national security Requirments by controlling the dependence on GPS, developing a commercial downstream satellite navigation market, and achieving local and international prestige by developing one of the only 4 such global navigation systems.