"Elektropribor"  Yesterday and Today

   The CSRI Elektropribor traces its origins back to 1929, when the plant Elektropribor established a new Naval Division to develop shipborne artillery fire control devices. It was also there that the first domestic gyroscopic instruments for the naval ships and aircrafts were designed in 1930s.
The enterprise building   
    Under the postwar program on shipbuilding in June 13,1945, the Naval Division formed the foundation for the Leningrad affiliate of the Moscow Specialized Design Department, reorganized into the Research Institute-303 in 1949.
    In 1957, the Research Institute-303 was combined with the pilot-production plant Elektropribor.
    Since 1966 the Institute is known as The Central Scientific and Research Institute (CSRI) Elektropribor, recognized as the leading designer and manufacturer of high-accuracy navigation gyroscopic complexes and systems for naval ships in our country.
    During the 1950s-1960s, the CSRI developed the first-generation navigation complexes for submarines and surface ships.

    A most crucial problem of high-accuracy autonomous navigation over the whole World Ocean area, including that of the Northern geographical pole, was solved within a short period of time.
    Concurrently, different types of shipborne armament control systems were designed, among them gyro stabilization systems, motion control systems for wing-in-ground-effect vehicles, hovercrafts, hydrofoil vessels, and a precision orientation system for space satellites, marine celestial radio-optical systems and gravimeters.
    In 1970s-1980s, the CSRI developed the second- and the third-generation navigation complexes. The achievement of primary importance of this period was the introduction of a precision contactless suspension gyro and inertial system built on it, the innovations allowing the highest degree of autonomous navigation.
    During the 1970s and succeeding years, the institute went through a series of mergers and acquisitions.
    In 1974, the Institute merged as a parent enterprise into a newly established the Leningrad Research and Production Association Azimuth. In 1991, the latter was reorganized into two self-dependent state enterprises - the CSRI Elektropribor and the plant Azimuth-Elektropribor. In 1998, the latter became a subsidiary production unit of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise CSRI Elektropribor.
   In 1994, the CSRI Elektropribor received the status of the State Research Center of the Russian Federation.
   In January 1, 2002, the Design Office Sviazmorproekt was joined to the CSRI Elektropribor as an Engineering Center.
   In January 2002, the CSRI Elektropribor formed the basis for the establishment of the Interregional Association of Designers and Manufacturers of Marine Navigation Equipment, Ship Motion Control Systems and Radio Communication Aids - Marine Navigation and Communication.
   Beginning in 2002, the Concern on the Development and Manufacturing of Shipborne Navigation Equipment and Communication is being formed around the CSRI Elektropribor, this being part of the program on reorganization of the Defence and Industrial Complex of the Russian Federation.
   In June 2003, the plant Azimuth-Elektropribor merged into the CSRI Elektropribor as a production and technical complex.
   Today, the State Research Center of the Russian Federation - CSRI Elektropribor is the leading Institute in Russia in high-precision navigation, gyroscopy and gravimetry. The Institute completes a full cycle of work, from fundamental research and investigations to manufacturing and in-service follow-up of its products.
  The Institute develops and manufactures:
• Marine navigation equipment;
• Inertial systems, gyroscopic devices and multi-purpose systems for marine navigation, ship stabilization and motion control, high-precision mobile marine and airborne gravimetric systems, spacecraft attitude control systems;
• Antenna and feeder assemblies and switching devices;
• Automated radio communication complexes;
• Precision electromechanical devices;
• Wind-driven power plants.
  The Institute comprises:
• Research and development complex with a test center
• Pilot production plant
• Research and technological gyroscopic complex with specialized production sites to manufacture high-precision parts of vacuum-tight ceramics, beryllium, ferrite - Affiliate 1
• Engineering Center / Design Office Sviazmorproekt with Affiliate 2, including production sites and a test center
• Test base with specialized test benches to test celestial radio-optical, gravimetric and magnetic systems

The Test Center of the Institute is accredited as the Test Laboratories of the Shipping Register
of the Russian Federation and the State Standard of Russia.

   The main products of the Institute are of the highest world standards (precision free electrically suspended gyro and inertial  navigation systems built on it, high-accuracy controllable gyro with magnetically-tuned suspension of the rotor and the navigation system built on it (nothing of this sort in the world), periscope celestial radio-optical navigation systems (nothing of this sort in the world), highly stable marine hydrographic and navigation gravimeters, gravimetric variometer, medical instruments, including precision neuro-surgical stereotaxic manipulator ).

Currently, the Institute makes extensive use of computer simulation and CAD/CAM systems. The digital servo systems and special-purpose digital devices developed lately are built on up-to-date element base.

These methods and procedures were employed to create such qualitatively novel products as an integrated satellite/inertial navigation system, mobile airborne marine gravimeter and periscope complex.
The Institute has reconstructed the pilot manufacturing facilities without attracting additional investments. Up-to-date precision equipment has been purchased to replace out-of-date machines. The quality of the products with the Institute brand has improved. The introduction of the computer management system has allowed reducing the time period from order to production.

   Over the period of 1997-2002, the scope of work in the Institute has increased more than fivefold.
   The CSRI Elektropribor does research and supplies its products not only to the Russian Navy, but it also holds contracts with foreign companies from China, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea.
   The Institute employs one Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 26 Doctors of Sciences and 85 Candidates of Sciences.

   The CSRI Elektropribor strongly promotes and supports advanced training of specialists through The Center of Professional Education. The Institute has postgraduate and doctoral courses, Doctoral Dissertation Council.
   The Institute publishes the All-Russian journal Gyroscopy and Navigation, monographs and proceedings of the conferences.


   The CSRI Elektropribor takes an active part in exhibitions both in Russia and abroad. The Institute was awarded 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 6 Bronze Medals and 6 Diplomas at the Annual Brussels-Eureka World Exhibition of Innovations, Research and New Technology (1994-1997) and at the International Exhibition of Inventions and New Technology in Geneva (1997, 1998 and 2000) for its exhibits.
   All in all, there are 11 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze Medals, 11 Medals of the VVTs Laureate (VVTs is the All-Russia Exhibition Center ), 56 Diplomas received by the Institute from 1996 to 2003.
   The Institute holds the annual St.Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems, the biennial Conference on Gyroscopic Technology in memory of the outstanding Russian gyro device designer N.N.Ostryakov, and since 1999, the annual Conference of Young Scientists on Navigation and Motion Control.

The Program Committee of the St.Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation  Systems
The Program Committee of the St.Petersburg International Conference
on Integrated Navigation Systems

A plenary session of the St.Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems

The participants of the 5th CYS
The participants of the 5th Conference of Young Scientists on Navigation and Motion Control.

    Every year the scientists of the Institute make presentations at conferences in Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the USA and other countries, deliver lecture courses at foreign universities.
   The scientific school of the CSRI Elektropribor in navigation, gyroscopy and motion control has gained recognition both at  home and abroad.
   The Institute was awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1963) and the Order of the October Revolution (1984).
   9 persons are Lenin Prize-winners, 46 - the USSR State Prize-winners, 5 - the Russian Federation State Prize-winners. 5 persons hold the title of Honoured Science and Technology Worker, 1 - Honoured Inventor of the Russian Federation, 3 - Honoured Designer of the Russian Federation. 2 persons were awarded the Russian Government Prize in Science and Technology, 7 - the Prize of the State Committee on Defence Industry.
   In 2001, the CSRI Elektropribor was given the St. Petersburg Public Recognition Award and the Institute received the Diploma of the Russian Government as the winners of the All-Russian Competition  the Russian Organization of  High Social Efficiency.
   In 2002, the Institute was the Prize-winner of the The Prize of Experts Competition in the nominations Achievements in Professional Activities in 2002 and Quality of Labour.
   In November 2003, the CSRI Elektropribor won the title Russian Olympus Laureate.
   The CSRI Elektropribor is developing dynamically and full of confidence in the future.

Last updated March 23, 2009