India on Wednesday began multiple investigations to determine the extent of damage caused by the reported leak of huge quantity of secret data detailing the combat and stealth capabilities of the Indian Navy’s soon-to-be-inducted Scorpene submarines.
The Navy, in its early response, said the leak was from outside India while downplaying the operational impact of the leak.
The source of the leak, if confirmed, can have a serious bearing on the significantly large defence ties between India and France with French companies in the race for deals worth billions of dollars including the Rafale fighter deal.
“I have asked the Navy Chief to investigate the matter and find what has been leaked and how much of it is about us,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday in response to questions on the issue.
“What I understand is that there is hacking,” Mr. Parrikar said, adding that the data cannot be complete as the final assembly is done by India.
The incident emerged in a news report on Tuesday in The Australian , which also released a few sample documents.