The submarines of the German Navy are equipped with navigation devices developed by the Russian company Transas. This was reported on Saturday by the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
According to the publication, cooperation between Germany and the Russian company began in 2005. Then, under Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, about 100 ships of the German Navy were equipped with navigation systems produced by a Russian company. Later, Germany turned to Transas again and installed the Navi-Sailor 4000 system on the German submarines U 35 (in operation since 2015) and U 36 (in operation since 2016).
A spokesman for the German Ministry of Defense, in response to a newspaper question about whether the Transas systems pose a danger to German submarines, replied that “the government is making significant efforts to ensure the security of IT cyber and crypto assets operated by the Ministry of Defense.” …
The publication reported that the Transas company was founded in 1990 in St. Petersburg and operates in both the civilian and military sectors. In 2018, the company was bought out by the Finnish company Wartisla, but the division dealing with the military sphere remained with Russia.