Within 24 hours of launching an investigation, India has concluded that highly classified details of the Scorpene submarines being built in Mumbai were not leaked from India, said top defence sources.
Immediately the news came in flash, government has asked French shipbuilder DCNS which designed the six Scorpene submarines for $3.5 billion for a report on the leak, which exposes information including the combat systems of the fleet.
Documents posted on the website by an Australian news agency have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out Matter taken up with DG of Armament of French Government, said Indian Navy in their official release.
We have requested French Govt to investigate with urgency and share findings with India. The matter is being taken up with concerned foreign govts through diplomatic channels to verify the authenticity of the reports, the release writes.
An internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise is also being undertaken. Government of India also examining impact of info contained in documents claimed to be available with Australian sources is compromised, writes Indian Navy on Scorpene Leak.
Yesterday, naval sources said they were confident that the 22,000 pages reported by The Australian newspaper on Wednesday were not provided by any Indian sources. No one here will compromise one of the world's largest defense projects.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar described the leak as a hacking and briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about it. The first of the Scorpene submarines is meant to join service before the end of the year.