Scorpene Data Leak: Parrikar Suspects Hacking, Seeks Report

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New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the leak of secret data of India’s Scorpene-class submarines could be a case of hacking and called for a report.

“It came to my knowledge at about 12 AM. What I understand is there is a hacking. So we will find out all this,” Parrikar said. Sources in the Navy have said that the leak could be a result of corporate wars that plays out over major defence contracts.

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Reacting to allegations that the leak may have been from India, the Defence Ministry issued a statement saying the source of leak appears to be from overseas and not from India.

The available information is being examined at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) and an analysis is being carried out by the specialists concerned, the Ministry said.

The Defence Minister also said he does not suspect the leak to be 100% since a lot of final integration lies with India. “I have asked the Navy chief to study the entire issue about what has been leaked, what is there about us and to what extent,” he said adding that a clear picture will emerge in a couple of days.

A massive leak of secret data of French defence contractor DCNS has potentially exposed the combat capabilities of India’s Scorpene-class submarines. An Australian newspaper has revealed that the 22,400-page leak has details of combat capabilities of the six submarines that DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy.

The leaked DCNS data, running to 22,400 pages, details the secret stealth capabilities of 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, according to Australia’s ‘The Australian’ newspaper.

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 submarines torpedo launch system and the combat system, it said.

It details the speed and conditions needed for using the periscope, the noise specifications of the propeller and the radiated noise levels that occur when the submarine surfaces.

The data, accessed by the paper, includes 4457 pages on the submarine’s underwater sensors, 4209 pages on its above-water sensors, 4301 pages on its combat management system, 493 pages on its torpedo launch system and specifications, 6841 pages on the sub’s communications system and 2138 on its navigation systems.

The leak has created fear in Australia about the future security of top-secret data on its navy’s future fleet, the Australian media reported as the French company had won the bid to design Australia’s new Australian Dollar 50 billion submarine fleet.