Serial production of compass for Arctic begins in St. Petersburg

This is the first all-latitude compass made in Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, May 29. /TASS/. The Elektropribor Concern (St. Petersburg) started serial production of Russia’s first all-latitude ship compass, designed primarily for use in the Arctic regions, the company’s press-service said on Thursday.

“Azimut-KM05D” magnetic compass is designed for use in all areas of navigation, including in high latitudes,” the press service reported. “First of all, it is relevant for the Arctic regions. This is the first all-latitude compass made in Russia. The concern has started serial production, and the first batch will be delivered to customers in late 2020.”

The compass was designed under the state program on development of shipbuilding and equipment for offshore fields.

According to the press service’s representative, in compliance with the SOLAS Convention (1974), all vessels, regardless of class and navigation area, must be equipped with magnetic compasses. However, standard magnetic compasses are not adapted for operation in high latitudes.

“Sensitivity of their magnetic systems is not sufficient to create a magnetic moment – due to the small horizontal component of the Earth’s magnetic field. Moreover, given Russia’s geopolitical interests in the Arctic, development of year-round navigation in the Arctic zone, and competition for the Arctic, the traffic there has been increasing every year. Hence timely was the task to create a Russian magnetic compass, which could work at latitudes above 70 degrees,” the press service told TASS.

Azimut-KM05D will be produced in two versions – basic and advanced. The latter, which includes an automatic correction system, is designed for Arctic and ice-class ships.

(C)TASS 2020


  1. Normal people use the GPS system. After all, this is the 21st century and not the age of sailing ships.
    Maybe someone ought to tell the Ruskies …

  2. Being as I actually know about the subject.

    I doubt, seriously doubt it will work, nobody has managed it yet, so i can’t see the Ivans managing it.

    Then again, they are developing so many previously thought impossible things so Monkeys, Typewriters, Shakespear.

    To answer OFP’s comment, GPS only works when its working, as Navigators we are taught never to trust the Electronics / Instruments, always double check.
    I have experienced this myself in the past!

    Besides that as the article says, SOLAS require the Compass to be installed and working.

    • In 20 years of use, I’ve never had trouble with GPS navigation. And, so many vessels, aircraft, missiles, and soldiers use the system that it must be a reliable one. I most certainly trust it.

  3. With Russia’s inability to read maps, reading a compass is way beyond their capabilities.

    • Lot of Russian ships will end on a iceberg……………….sjit, keep developing it, Russkies!

    • I think they are looking for an excuse to limit who goes to the Arctic. As the article says, the magnetic compass is required and if the Moskali say they are the only ones that have it, they can decide who gets them.

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