The Indian government is investigating the leak of more than 22,000 pages of documents that reveal secret data about its new high-tech fleet of submarines.
The leak, first reported by The Australian, includes sensitive information about the Scorpene submarines designed by French defense contractor DCNS for the Indian Navy. The documents detail the stealth submarines’ sensors, torpedo launch systems, as well as communications and navigation capabilities.
The Indian Navy ordered six Scorpene submarines from DCNS. The first boat, called Kalvari, was built in a Mumbai shipyard, and should enter service this year. The program has suffered years of delays, but the remaining five submarines are scheduled to be delivered by 2020.
The Australian posted redacted versions of the leaked documents on its website. They are marked “Restricted Scorpene India,” and include volumes of technical drawings and operations manuals. The documents also include highly sensitive information on noise levels produced by the submarine
Chile, Malaysia, Brazil have all ordered versions of the Scorpene. DCNS is also under contract to build 12 new submarines for Australia at a cost of $39 billion.
SOURCE – CNN, Australian