"The Russians can spy on our submarines": in Germany announced the Russian equipment on board the submarines of the German Navy

Ships and submarines of the German Navy are equipped with navigation devices of the company "Transas" (St. Petersburg), the data encryption in which "does not correspond to the military standard," writes the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Berlin's cooperation with the Russians began in 2005, when Gerhard Schroeder held the post of German Chancellor. After that, hundreds of ships were equipped with an electronic cartographic navigation information system (ECDIS) from Transas. Devices for determining the position, speed and route "Navi Sailor 4100" appeared even on the newest submarines U35 and U36 (project 212A, in service since 2011). In 2018, the Transas company was acquired by the Wärtsilä holding (Finland), but the production of weapons remained in Russia.

In 2020, the Federal Service for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany (BfV - subordinate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany) warned of the potential danger of this equipment. This special service considered that "due to close ties" with the Russian Federation, "espionage and sabotage" is possible.

Then there was information that in the event of a cyberattack, the data of devices on board ships and submarines could be intercepted. Moreover, this data can be manipulated, "up to the complete loss of functionality" of the ship or submarine. At the same time, many experts started talking about the fact that "the Russians can follow our submarines" and the "Transas" company came under the scrutiny of a large number of special services of Western countries.

We are concerned that our data will be intercepted by foreign intelligence services

- said a source in the German Navy, who wished to remain anonymous.

After that, the journalists asked the German Ministry of Defense if the department could guarantee the safety of the aforementioned devices. The military assured that "great efforts are being made to ensure cyber security."

The company "Transas" develops and manufactures various navigation, meteorological, geodetic, geophysical and similar instruments, apparatus and instruments, both civil and military, summed up the publication from Germany.
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  1. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 28 March 2021 12: 12
    I read a funny fact here not long ago. Russia does not yet have a single locator in space. For surface observation only optics. Here we have to compensate ..
    Three boats surfaced at once! At the parade on Red Square. hundreds are marching in step - even this is not done by the Americans ...
    1. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 28 March 2021 13: 21
      I read a funny fact here not long ago. Russia does not yet have a single locator in space.

      There is an even funnier fact, you don't have anything in space at all. request

      For surface observation only optics. Here we have to compensate ..

      What to compensate for? Do they put locators there according to your opinion? Or are they looking out for enemy ships at the Pole with binoculars?

      Three boats surfaced at once! At the parade on Red Square. hundreds are marching in step - even this is not done by the Americans ...

      They just don't know how yours laughing Envy silently winked

  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 28 March 2021 13: 13
    They touched on an interesting topic, it's a pity all the details were left overboard.

    In the 2018 year:

    Transas is a leader in the creation of integrated technological solutions for the safety and efficiency of shipping, navigation and ship operations. According to Wartsila, Transas's annual net sales are € 140 million.
    Company controls about 30% of the world market share of electronic cartographic and navigation systems, about 25% of installations of coastal vessel traffic control systems and over 45% of the world market of marine simulators


    Quite a large company (more precisely, a group) working in the field of high technologies. No oil or wood. In 2017, we entered into a strategic partnership agreement with the Japanese, Japan Radio Company (JRC).
    We don't like to talk about such companies.
    The sales volume for 2018 is 140 million euros, which is 165,54 million dollars. The amount does not seem to be impressive, it is far from Gazprom's billions, but such "babies" make up the very non-commodity export. For comparison, the production of passenger cars this year increased 2,5 times to 194 million dollars (a record), came third in the world, the leader (Germany) has 3 million dollars.

    The company's field of activity is quite curious, it is not selling potatoes. There must be a lot of interesting things happening there. For example, in October 2019, the following news slipped through:

    FSB began search of the office of the company-developer of navigation systems


    The source of the news is really muddy "Fontanka", but probably this is not just a fantasy.
    And now, in 2020, the Germans suddenly begin to see the light. What was left behind the scenes and what passions were seething in the intervals between these events, we probably will not know. It's a pity. Probably on the basis of these events, you can write a book or a script for a film. Instead of another "Zuleikha"

    Holding Wärtsilä, curious about the different design of sites.
    Here in Russian

    And here is the English version with a hot Finnish guy laughing

    Probably you can delve into the intricacies of the owners what Who and what really belongs to.
  3. What is good for a Russian is death for a German

    Save our souls!
    We rave from suffocation.
    Save our souls,
    Hurry to us!
    Hear us on land -
    Our SOS is all muffled, muffled,
    And horror cuts souls in half!
    Rette unsere Seelen! ...
  4. GRF Offline GRF
    GRF 28 March 2021 14: 16
    Only Americans can do this!
    Well, they didn't finish writing, half-truths are often worse than lies ...
  5. Cetron Offline Cetron
    Cetron (Peteris) 28 March 2021 20: 23
    Russian systems, American systems ... All components are made in China! Russian only assembly, though correct ...