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The leaked specifications of Scorpene submarine do not pose any security compromise, the navy claimed on Thursday, as it tried to downplay concerns of an information leak that could blunt the operational edge of six stealth submarines that India is building under licence from French shipyard, DCNS.
A day after The Australian published 22,000 pages detailing combat capabilities of the new Indian submarine made with French collaboration; the Navy asserted that the vital parameters of the boat have been blacked out in papers available on the website of an Australian news agency.
The Indian government, meanwhile, said that an elaborate assessment of potential impact is being undertaken by a high level committee constituted by the defence ministry. The navy is also undertaking an internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise.
The navy has also discussed the leak with director general of armament of the French government conveying its concerns. A request was made to the French government to investigate at its end how the documents came out in public.
In a parallel effort, the authenticity of reports in public are being verified through diplomatic channels. “The government of India, 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,” said a statement released on Thursday.
The navy swung into action at the highest level as the first of the six Scorpene submarines, INS Kalvari, is expected to be launched in the coming months. The induction is already running four years behind schedule.
The officials explained that much of the technical details about the submarine are in public domain and the leak will not have any impact on the operational deployment. But many experts argued that the stealth factor is at the core of submarine operations and the leak is a matter of serious concern.