In­dia’s Scorpene sub­marines not com­pro­mised, says Navy UNAN­SWERED QUES­TIONS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rahul Singh and Rezaul H Laskar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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”.

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