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Data leak destroys French company's chance to build submarines for India

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India is unlikely to give French naval contractor DCNS a proposed order for three new submarines, in addition to the six it is already building in the country, following the leak of secret data about its capabilities.

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Details of the Scorpene submarine were published in the Australian newspaper last month, triggering concerns that it had become vulnerable even before it was ready to enter service, Reurers reported.

DCNS had offered to build three more submarines to help India replace its aging Soviet-era fleet and had held talks over the past year, two Indian sources said. That offer will not now be taken up, according to the officials.

“We had an agreement for six, and six it will remain,” a defense ministry official briefed on the navy’s plans said.

A navy officer said there had been a serious breach of data and the navy’s efforts were focused on determining the damage done to the existing submarines.

“No order will be signed, nothing is going to happen now,” the officer, who is also been briefed on the submarine data leak, said when asked if the government planned to enlarge the order.

DCNS spokesman Emmanuel Gaudez said the company was “stunned” by the information. “The talks are ongoing with the government and our Indian partners. We have not been informed in anyway of such a decision,” he said.


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