SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Sensitive data leak on India’s French-designed Scorpene class diesel-electric attack submarine might be closed chapter now and to calm things down, Indian Navy and Ministry of Defence claimed leaked data were not too relevant to compromise functioning and operational capabilities of the submarine.
While India put a brave front but leak of documents spreading over 22,000 pages which include details of the submarine’s underwater sensors, above-water sensors, combat management system, torpedo launch system and specifications, communications system and navigation systems is literally a gold mine for rival submariners to study weakness and strength of India’s Scorpene submarines .
Data Breach also has to lead to India dropping any plans to procure more submarines of the same class from France indicating Sensitive data leak did compromise India’s Scorpene submarines to an extent. Scorpene data leak now proved to be handy work of rival German company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), India allowing them to participate in Project-75I blamed for data leak on India’s Scorpene submarines could be surprising due to great betrayal act was done by a friendly country.
Russians have been an only serious contender now under Project-75I will need some serious competition in the tender process so not to give them a complete walkover and hold India hostage in negotiation table when it comes to transferring of technology and price of this submarines. India’s last attempt to get Japanese on board Project-75I and offer India soryu class submarine largely due to concerns with China’s objection.
But the loss of Australian submarine deal to French DCNS and Japans own order for its navy now almost coming to the end after 9th submarine SS-509 was commissioned of ordered 13 by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, India has a great chance for requesting Japan to reconsider their decision and participate in the multibillion-dollar Project 75I-class submarine project.