In what could be a huge setback for the country’s security, a massive highly classified document containing more than 22,000 pages of the Indian Navy’s soon-to-be inducted French Scorpene submarine has been leaked.
According to reports, the leaked document could provide crucial intelligence data to India’s strategic rivals, such as Pakistan or China.
Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL) is building six Scorpene submarines with technology transfer from DCNS of France.
“The stunning leak, which runs to 22,400 pages and has been seen by ‘The Australian’, details the entire secret combat capability of the six Scorpene-class submarines that French shipbuilder DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy,” news daily ‘The Australian’ reported.
Marked “Restricted Scorpene India”, the DCNS documents detail sensitive combat capabilities of India’s new submarine fleet.
The leaked data suggest that the submarine crew can speak safely to avoid detection by the enemy. It also discloses magnetic, electromagnetic and infrared data as well as the specifications of the submarine’s torpedo launch system and the combat system, the report further added.
It contains 4,209 pages on its above-water sensors, 4,301 pages on its combat management system, 493 pages on its torpedo launch system and specifications, 6,841 pages on the sub’s communications system and 2,138 on its navigation systems.
The data on the Scorpene was written in France for India in 2011 and is suspected of being removed from France in that same year by a former French Navy officer who was at that time a DCNS subcontractor, according to the newspaper.
Following the report, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday sought a report from the Navy on the issue.
Parrikar said that the documents relating to the French Scorpene submarine being built in the country appeared to have been hacked.
“This came to my knowledge at 12 midnight, it is a case of hacking. First step is to identify if it is related to us, and anyway it is not all 100% leak,” Parrikar told reporters.
According to reports, the leak, contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the secret combat capability of six submarines that DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy.
“As a serious matter pertaining to the Indian Scorpene programme, the French national authorities for defence security will formally investigate and determine the exact nature of the leaked documents,” a DCNS spokeswoman said in a statement, according to DNA.