24/08/2016 7:50 PM IST | Updated 24/08/2016 7:57 PM IST

Top Secret Data On Indian Navy's Scorpene Submarines Leaked

Alarm bells.

File photo of the Indian Navy's first indigenously-built Scorpene attack submarine at Mazagon Dock in Mumbai, India, on 6 April, 2015.

NEW DELHI/MELBOURNE -- More than 22,000 pages of top secret data on the capabilities of six highly advanced submarines being built for the Indian Navy in Mumbai in collaboration with a French company have been leaked, raising alarm bells today in the security establishment.

The combat capability of the Scorpene submarines being built at Mazagon dock at a cost of USD 3.5 billion by French shipbuilder DCNS, went public when an Australian newspaper, "The Australian", put the details on the website.

Reacting with alacrity to the development, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who learnt about the leak at midnight, ordered Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba to go into the 'entire issue". A report is also being sought from DCNS.

"What I understand is there is a hacking. So we will find out all this," Parrikar told reporters in Delhi.

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