In light of the Scorpene submarine (Kalavari-class) documents leak , Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Friday said that the union government along with the Indian Navy is (hypothetically) considering that the details of all the claimed (installed) equipment has been leaked. “The ‘restricted’ documents are of 2011 that were stolen from DCNS (French manufacturer), whereas now the said submarine is in the advance stage of production. However, we are considering that (the details) of every item has been leaked and we are taking precautions. But I cannot be specific on the measures taken,” he said.
Parrikar further clarified that the Indian Defence forces must not be blamed for the leaked documents and that it must be attributed to French defence manufacturer DCNS — which is a partner in manufacture of the Scorpene submarine.”The leak did not take place in the Navy or the jurisdiction of our forces, how can they be blamed,” he said. Parrikar suggested the submarine document’s could have been leaked by DCNS’ commercial rivals.
A former Indian Navy Admiral accompanying the Defence minister clarified that the ‘leaked documents’ were only ‘restricted’ in nature and did not reveal the actual performance or signature of the machinery. “Military used several jargon’s like restricted, confidential, secret and top-secret. This was merely a ‘restricted’ document’ – which mentions its features and manufacturers claims. These details are universal details of the submarine, nothing exclusive about it, and even at this point can be if need be altered as per client specification after trial run in water to enhance submarine performance,” he said.
In August, an Australian newspaper published design details of the Scorpene submarine. It claimed that the documents revealed the various capabilities of the underwater vessel – – of which India had contracted six-submarines from the French manufacturer.