Scorpene leak: Data includes details on missile likely to be used

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New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Leaked documents on the Scopene submarine include details of the capabilities of the SM39 anti-ship missile expected to be used on the submarine, The Australian has said in its latest report.

Cameron Stewart, the journalist who broke the story of leak of French company DCNS’s documents, also said in the latest report that the company is threatening legal action against the newspaper to prevent further publication of information.

“India’s Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, who has ordered an investigation of the leak, has tried to allay fears of the damage, saying the leak was most likely ‘not a big worry’ because the data did not contain weapons system details. However, the leaked secret data seen by The Australian includes details of the capabilities of the SM39 anti-ship missile expected to be used on the Scorpene.

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“The data includes the number of targets the missile is capable of processing, its launch details and how many targets could be downloaded before firing,” the report said.

It also said: “The French shipbuilder at the centre of a global submarine data leak scandal is threatening legal action today to prevent further publication of the information contained in 22,400 secret documents obtained by The Australian.”

Around 22,400 pages of data was leaked from DCNS, which contains critical information of India’s Scorpene submarines. The Indian Navy has, however, maintained that the information is not alarming, as the real signature of the under trial first boat, as well as others, is yet to be finalised.

Parrikar, on Friday had said the leaked documents do not contain information on the weapons systems.

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