Submarine data leak: Govt assures of no 'security compromise'

Priya sundarajan | | Updated on: Aug 25, 2016
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The government on Thursday said the data related to Scorpene submarines being built in India, which was reported in an Australian daily, has not led to any "security compromise".

"The documents that have been posted on the website by an Australian news agency have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out," stated a release by the Indian Navy.

It said that the Indian Navy has taken up the matter with Director-General of Armament of the French Government "expressing concern over this incident and has requested the French Government to investigate this incident with urgency and share their findings with the Indian side."

An internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise has also being undertaken.

"The matter is being taken up with foreign governments concerned through diplomatic channels to verify the authenticity of the reports," the release said.

The Defence Ministry as a matter of abundant precaution, is also examining the impact if the information contained in the documents claimed to be available with the Australian sources is compromised.

"The detailed assessment of potential impact is being undertaken by a high level committee constituted by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy is taking all necessary steps to mitigate any probable security compromise," it said.

On Tuesday Australian daily - The Australian - printed sensitive data related to the Scorpene submarines that are being built in India under the Indian Navy's P-75 programme in collaboration with French defence major DCNS for $3 billion.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said the matter is being probed and the details will be examined over a span of two to three days.

DCNS said it is investigating the matter at the topmost level.

Published on March 12, 2018

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