Top secret data on new Indian Navy Submarines leaked Reports

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2016

The Scorpenes, being built for $ 3.5 billion at the Mazagaon docks in Mumbai, are considered some of the most advanced of their class in the world.

Additionally, Australia may also be under risk of similar leaks, given DCNS's A$50bn (£28.8bn; $38.12bn) contract to build a new fleet of submarines for the country's naval defence, The Australian reported.

The Indian Navy commissioned six Scorpene subs from French defense contractor DCNS.

Information included in the leaked documents cover sensitive details such as specifications relating to the submarine's combat and stealth capabilities, and magnetic, electromagnetic and infrared data. According to the report, the data leak occurred in France in 2011.

The leak has hit the Indian Navy hard, which had commissioned the French Scorpene submarine barely a few months back. The Indian Navy, in a statement issued on Thursday, said that the leak does not compromise the operation usefulness of the Scorpene class submarine.

DCNS told AFP it was aware of the articles and said "national security authorities" had launched an inquiry into the matter. 'We will find out what has happened'.

"A variant of the same French-designed Scorpene is also used by the navies of Malaysia, Chile and, from 2018, Brazil, so news of the Edward Snowden-sized leak - revealed today - will trigger alarm at the highest level in these countries", said the report.

The Australian newspaper reported on Wednesday details of a leak of more than 20,000 documents detailing secret capabilities of India's new submarines. The French group saw off bids from Germany's ThyssenKrupp AG and a Japanese-government consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

The Navy said that the matter has been taken up with DG of Armament of French Government and it has requested the French authorities to "investigate with urgency & share findings with India".

According to Reuters, a DCNS spokesperson said the company wouldn't immediately authenticate the documents but additionally did not "rule out that the leak was part of an "economic war" waged by the competitors it beat in the contest for the Australian contract". "What I understand is that there is hacking".

"The matters in connection to India have no bearing on the Australian submarine programme which operates under the Australian Government's arrangements for the protection of sensitive data".

Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar admitted that a leak had taken place.

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