In an official announcement on Thursday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China revealed that the China-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a standard for civil aviation. This recognition solidifies the BDS as a globally accepted satellite navigation system.
The revised version of Annex 10 to the International Civil Aviation Convention, which outlines standards and recommended measures for the BDS, has officially taken effect. This inclusion into the ICAO standards is a significant milestone for the BDS.
Developed and operated by China, the BDS focuses on national security and socio-economic development. It is one of the four global satellite navigation systems acknowledged by the United Nations, alongside the GPS from the United States, GLONASS from Russia, and Galileo from the European Union. The BDS has been utilized by users in over 200 countries and regions worldwide.