Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Scorpene data leak not a big worry: Manohar Parrikar

Narada Desk | August 27, 2016 9:33 am Print
The Defence Minister also said Scorpene submarine has not even fully completed sea trials, which is important to understand how it will work under water
Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that the Scorpene document leak was “not a big worry”, but there are a “few pockets of concerns” because the Ministry is assuming the worst case scenario.

Parrikar added that most of the leaked documents on Scorpene submarines — posted by ‘The Australian’ newspaper on its website — were not of concern as those do not include details of any weaponry system.

He said the Navy has assured him that most of the leaked documents were not of concern. The minister also said that Scorpene submarine has not even fully completed sea trials, which is important to understand how it will work under water.

The Indian Navy has taken up Scorpene document leak matter with French Directorate General of Armament.

“We are waiting for the report. Basically, what is on the website is not of big concern. We are assuming, on our own, that this has leaked and we are taking all precautions,” Parrikar said.

“What I am given to understand that there are few pockets of concern assuming that what is claimed to have been leaked has leaked actually. We are going by assumption of the worst case scenario. I think there is not big worry because we will be able out put things in right perspective,” Parrikar added.

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