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Secret Data on India’s Scorpene Submarine Programme Leaked

Sensitive data relating to combat capability of the six Scorpene class submarines that are currently under development for the Indian Navy (IN) has been leaked. Given the importance of these subs as these are set to form the core of IN’s submarine arm for the next two decades, the security implications of the data leak may actually be huge. Mazagon Dock Limited in collaboration with the French shipbuilder DCNS is developing six Scorpene submarines under Project 75 worth $3.5 Billion with the first of the Scorpene class submarines called Kalvariis to be inducted by year-end and the remaining to be delivered by 2020. The leaked DCNS data Marked “Restricted Scorpene India”, has sensitive information that is classifiedand from the following domain:

  • The stealth capabilities of the six new Indian Scorpene submarines
  • The frequencies at which the subs gather intelligence
  • The levels of noise the subs make at various speeds
  • Diving depths, range and endurance
  • Magnetic, electromagnetic and infra-red data
  • Specifications of the submarine’s torpedo launch system and the combat system
  • Speed and conditions needed for using the periscope
  • Propeller’s noise specifications
  • Radiated noise levels when the submarine surfaces

It is not yet clear how, where, and to whom the top-secret information was leaked. As of now, the available information is being examined at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) and an analysis is being carried out by the concerned specialists. The leak is cause for  concern not just for India raising fears about the future security of top-secret data on the IN’s future fleet, but also for Malaysia and for Chile, which use a variant of the Scorpene. Brazil is due to deploy the vessels from 2018. The data also includes separate confidential DCNS files on plans to sell French frigates to Chile and the French sale of the Mistral-class amphibious assault ship carrier to Russia.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/our-french-submarine-builder-in-massive-leak-scandal/news-story/3fe0d25b7733873c44aaa0a4d42db39e

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