Indian government in a cautiously worded response on the Scorpene submarine information leak has said that the available information is now being examined ‘at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) and an analysis is being carried out by the concerned specialists.’
But it did say that it ‘appears that the source of leak is from overseas and not in India.’
The Australian has reported about the Scorpene submarine leak and gave details about it triggering panic among Indian defence circles. The entire operation is worth USD 3.5 billion and 22000 pages that serve as the operating manual for the Scorepen submarine have now landed in the public domain.
‘Kalvari,’ which is the first of the Scorpene class submarines of India, being built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd Mumbai (MDL), went to sea for the first time om May 1, 2016.
MDL achieved this target after overcoming a number of challenges faced since launching of the submarine last year in October. After trials, she would be commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS Kalvari later this year. Commissioning of Kalvari will be a re-affirmation of India’s capability to build submarines and a major boost for the ‘Make in India’ program of the government.
India is among the exclusive group of submarine constructing nations and it took its first step on 07 February 1992, with the commissioning of the first Indian built submarine, INS Shalki.
The ongoing project for the construction of six Scorpene class submarines, has DCNS of France, as Collaborator and it also includes ‘Transfer of Technology’, with MDL as the ‘Builder’.
What makes Scorpene submarine the ultimate weapon of destruction?
Scorpene submarine has several state of the art features which include superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons. The attack can be launched with torpedoes, as well as tube launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on surface. The Stealth features give it invulnerability, unmatched by many submarines.
The Scorpene Submarine is designed to operate in all theatres including the Tropics. All means and communications are provided to ensure interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force. It can undertake multifarious types of missions typically undertaken by any modern submarine i.e Anti-Surface warfare, Anti-Submarine warfare, Intelligence gathering, Mine Laying and Area Surveillance etc.
Scorpene submarine is also equipped with Weapons Launching Tubes (WLT), and can carry weapons on board which can be easily reloaded at sea, through special handling and loading equipment. The array of weapons and complex sensors fitted on board the Scorpene are managed by a high technology Combat Management System, which integrates various diverse systems fitted onboard into One Formidable Whole.
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