India’s Scorpene submarines not compromised, says Navy UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
Fresh details of the Scorpene submarine’s combat management systems were put in the public domain on Thursday, overshadowing the Indian Navy’s attempts to downplay the data leak that may have implications for the country’s underwater warfare capabilities.
The Australian newspaper — that exposed the leak on Tuesday — uploaded more documents from a leaked cache of 22,400 classified papers from French shipbuilder DCNS, which is helping India build six Scorpene submarines under a Rs 23,562-crore ($3.5 billion) deal.
The nine new pages of documents were heavily redacted by the newspaper but provided information on the capabilities of the submarine’s sonar system and targeting and torpedo systems. The earlier documents had crucial details of the submarine’s combat capabilities, though redacted.
As with the earlier uploads, the new documents were marked “Restricted Scorpene India”, which the French government said on Thursday were stolen and not leaked.
The Australian said the leaked data was “removed from DCNS by a former sub-contractor in 2011 and taken to a private company in Southeast Asia before being passed to a branch of that company in a second Southeast Asian nation”.