Amidst Indian Navy indicating that the nature of the Scorpene data leak is “not too alarming”, India will seek a report from France’s DCNS. The Indian Navy has also said that the data leak on its six Scorpene-class submarines, appears to have happened on foreign soil, and not in India. “A case of suspected leak of documents related to Scorpene submarines has been reported by a foreign media house. The available information is being examined at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) and an analysis is being carried out by the concerned specialists. It appears that the source of leak is from overseas and not in India,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.
Meanwhile, sources have also indicated to Reuters that leaked documents appear to be neither critical nor confidential. “It seems to be sensitive information but appears neither critical nor confidential,” a source has told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The Australian has reported that the leak occurred way back in France in 2011. According to the report, around 22,000 pages of data have been leaked. The leaked data includes highly sensitive details of the submarine including technical manuals and models of the boat’s antennae. It also gives elaborate details on the secret stealth capabilities of such as frequencies they gather intelligence at, range and endurance, what levels of noise they make at various speeds and their diving depths. Apart from this, the documents also disclose the magnetic, electromagnetic and infra-red data. Specifications of the submarine’s torpedo launch system and the combat system have also been revealed.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has ordered an investigation into the nature of the leak, and has asked the Indian Navy chief to analyse the implications for India’s defence capabilities. India’s first Scorpene-class submarine, Kalvari, began sea trials in May this year. Kalvari is the first of the Indian Navy’s Scorpene class stealth submarines being built under the Project 75.