Scorpene data leak: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar today sought to allay security concerns with regards to the reported data leak of Indian Navy’s Scorpene submarines. “There are concerns since we are assuming the worst case scenario that could have happened,” Parrikar said. “It is not a big worry since leak does not include details of weapons system,” he said, adding, “I don’t think it’s (Scorpene data leak) a big worry, we will be able to put things in the right directions.” Parrikar said that he has asked the Indian Navy to find out areas of concern based on inputs and take “appropriate steps” to address them.
Parrikar’s comments come even as The Australian, the newspaper that had originally published the news of the data leak, uploaded a fresh tranche of leaked documents. The newspaper’s website put out blacked out all details of the Scorpene’s operating instructions with regards to the underwater warfare system. The documents also had technical specifications of the sonars and at what degree and frequency it will function. The documents detailed the “Operating Instruction Manual”.
Yesterday the Indian Navy had put out a statement saying, “Government is seized of the reported leak of documents related to the ongoing Indian Scorpene submarine programme as reported in sections of the media. The documents that have been posted on the website by an Australian news agency have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out.”
The Australian’s original report suggested that the data leak on the six Scorpene submarines for Indian Navy includes crucial and highly classified details on combat capabilities. The data reportedly gives elaborate details of frequencies at which the submarine gathers intelligence, what levels of noise it makes at various speeds, range and endurance among a host of other things. The documents that according to the report were leaked in France in 2011, run into over 22,000 pages.