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Leaked Scorpene Data 'Old, Irrelevant'; Navy Says Security Not Compromised

Leaked Scorpene Data 'Old, Irrelevant'; Navy Says Security Not Compromised

Much of the data leaked on the Scorpene submarines are "old, dated and irrelevant," top Defence Ministry sources said a day after the details went public.

Much of the data leaked on the Scorpene submarines are "old, dated and irrelevant," top Defence Ministry sources said a day after the details went public.

The sources told CNN-News18 on Thursday that an analysis by the Navy found a mismatch in the papers available in public domain, and the specification manual on which boats are made.

"The documents have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out. The Indian Navy has taken up the matter with director general of armament of the French government and has requested the French government to investigate this incident and share their findings. An internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise is also being undertaken," said a Navy statement.

Sources said that while over 22 thousand papers were reportedly leaked, very few of them were out in the public domain. While some papers bear similarities with a version discussed with submarine builder DCNS, the actual final version, according to sources, was different.

The primary analysis report has been shared with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Not to take any chances, the ministry has asked Navy to seek a detailed report from DCNS. The issue will be taken up for further investigation with the French company by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The combat capability of the scorpene submarines being built at Mazagon dock at a cost of USD 3.5 billion by French shipbuilder DCNS, went public when an Australian newspaper, "The Australian", put the details on the website.

Minister Parrikar had ordered the Navy Chief to go into the "entire issue" after saying it was a suspected case of hacking.

first published:August 25, 2016, 15:28 IST