Indian Navy has indicated that the Scorpene data leak pertains to dated facts and details about the submarines. Sources have told FE Online, that the data that has been leaked, is dated. The whole issue came to light when The Australian reported that France’s DCNS, the manufacturer of Scorpene-class submarines, suffered a huge data leak. According to the report, the data leak occurred in France in 2011. DCNS in collaboration with Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) is making six Scorpene submarines for the Indian Navy. The data leak reported by The Australian pertains to these very submarines. Scorpene submarines are all set to add hugely to Indian Navy’s stealth capabilities and will serve the force over the next few decades.
Additionally, the Indian Navy has also issued a fresh 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.”
According to the statement, the Indian Navy has taken up the matter with Director General of Armament of the France government. India has expressed concern over the incident and has requested the French government to investigate it with “urgency”. India has also asked France to share its findings with the Indian side. “An internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise is also being undertaken. The matter is being taken up with concerned foreign governments through diplomatic channels to verify the authenticity of the reports,” Indian Navy’s statement added. “The detailed assessment of potential impact is being undertaken by a high level committee constituted by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy is taking all necessary steps to mitigate any probable security compromise,” the government sought to assure.
The Australian report has suggested that the data leak includes vital details about the Scorpene’s 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 have been leaked run into over 22,000 pages. Some analysts have suggested that if the details that have been leaked are indeed of the current version of the submarines being made for India, then it implies major security risks for India.