The first plant of radio navigation equipment was founded in the Soviet Union in 1949. Currently, this is an open joint-stock company Gorizont. For a period of time the plant was just a production base. However, a young design team developed and launched in serial production the mobile radar beacon "Znak" by 1953. In another four years the most mass produced station for ships of maritime and fishing fleets of the USSR - the NRS "Don" was developed.
The navigational radar station (NRS) of “Kivach” series should be separately noted as the unique product of cooperation between Russian science and Bulgarian industry. This station, developed by the designers of Gorizont in 1966, has been produced in the People's Republic of Bulgaria for many years. Dozens of awards received by NRS “Kivach” at the international exhibitions were proved with years of practical service.
Should be separately noted the unique product of cooperation of Russian science and Bulgarian industry – the navigational radar station (NRS) “Kivach”. This station developed by Gorizont designers in 1966 was produced in the People's Republic of Bulgaria for many years. Tens of international rewards received by NRS “Kivach” on the international exhibitions were confirmed with long years of practical service. Starting with 1967 almost all commercial ships of the COMECON countries were equipped with stations of “Kivach” series, where they operated trouble-free and without blames. Russian sailors mark by warm words the NRS of “Donetz” series (1960), NRS “Volga” (1967), “Mius” (1970), which rendered obedience on Russian ships. In 1974 they were changed to NRS of “Nayada” series meeting the latest requirements in the field of radar and radio-navigation.
Starting in 1967 almost all commercial vessels of the COMECON countries were equipped by radar stations of “Kivach” series where they ran faultlessly and flawlessly.
Russian sailors always spoke well of NRS “Donets” (1960), NRS “Volga” (1967), “Mius” (1970) that served faithfully on boards of Russian ships. In 1974, they were replaced by the radars of “Nayada” series, which met the latest requirements in the field of radar and radio navigation.
For the first time in Russia, the radar of airfield control “Aksai” was developed and installed in 1993.
The first sample of the navigation radar was created by Gorizont 50 years ago, back in 1959. It was completely different from modern exceptionally challenging systems, which are still the pride of Russian science and industry. This product in many ways became the reference point for the work of the designers of Gorizont on the integrated systems. This work resulted in the integrated bridge systems, incorporating more than half a century of design experience.
However, in last 60 years the plant produced more than 200 thousand products, and volumes continue to grow steadily. Since 2003, the plant is actively engaged in the development and production of LCD monitors for industrial use, multifunctional console equipment, and operator workplaces.
Modern developments of the enterprise stand out not only for a technical innovation, but are also up-to-date. The enterprise was awarded with an international contest diploma and the Quality Assurance Medal in 2004.
What motivates Gorizont in this endless endeavour? It's very simple: when one horizon has been reached, ahead is the unattainable perfection of the new one.
What pushes Gorizont ahead in this endless rush ahead? The answer is very simple: when you have reached one horizon, the reachless perfection of the new one is in front.