Media: Russian systems can “manipulate” German submarines

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In Germany, they were concerned about the presence of Russian equipment on the Bundeswehr submarines. Submarines of the country’s naval forces are equipped with navigation devices, which were developed by the Russian company “Transas” and the encryption of data in these systems “does not correspond to the military standard,” the newspaper Bild am Sonntag sounded the alarm on the eve of March 27.

The publication reminds that Berlin began to cooperate with Transas in 2005 when Gerhard Schroeder was Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Then about a hundred ships of the German Navy were equipped with devices from a Russian company. Subsequently, Germany installed Transas navigation devices to determine position, speed, and route on the U 35 and U 36 submarines, which have been in service since 2015 and 2016, respectively.

As the newspaper writes, last year the Federal Service for the Protection of the German Constitution (BfV, engaged in counterintelligence activities) warned of the “danger” of navigation systems in the event of “espionage and sabotage by foreign states.” It was argued that in the event of a cyberattack, navigation data could be intercepted and become the subject of “manipulation, up to the complete loss of functionality” of the ship.

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Bild, citing security experts, also reports that “because of its close ties” with Russia, the company is in the spotlight of Western intelligence services.

Journalists of the publication sent a request to the German Ministry of Defense about whether it can guarantee the safety of Russian equipment for Bundeswehr submarines. In response, a representative of the military department said that “the government is making great efforts to ensure information and cybersecurity” under the jurisdiction of the ministry.