New Delhi: In a major security concern, the French company, which is building six Scorpene-class submarines for the Indian navy, has suffered a massive leak of secret documents. The leak, running to 22,400 pages, will trigger alarm at the highest level in countries that operate a variant of the Scorpene, or have ordered the submarine, including Malaysia, Chile and Brazil, The Australian newspaper reported.
The leak of the classified documents, whih were marked as “Restricted Scorpene India”, is a big worry for India, as if the papers somehow land in Pakistan or China, it would be a disaster for the national security.
The DCNS documents detail the most sensitive combat capabilities of India’s new USD 03 billion submarine fleet. According to the report, “The leaked DCNS data details the secret stealth capabilities of the six new Indian submarines, including what frequencies they gather intelligence at, what levels of noise they make at various speeds and their diving depths, range and endurance — all sensitive information that is highly classified.
The data tells the submarine crew where on the boat they can speak safely to avoid detection by the enemy. It also discloses magnetic, electromagnetic and infra-red data as well as the specifications of the submarine’s torpedo launch system and the combat system.” Reacting on the Scorpene submarine leak, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “This came to my knowledge at 12 midnight, it is a case of hacking.”
"First step is to identify if its related to India, and anyway its not all 100 percent leak," Parrikar asserted. Kalvari' (Tiger Shark), the first of the six French Scorpene class submarines being built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd for the Indian Navy, went to sea in May 2016.