Australia has warned DCNS ship building firm that it wants the same level of information security on the new submarine project like it shares with the US ally.
The Australian senior defense official issued warning to DCNS in the wake of leaked documents related to India’s Scorpene project. The new submarine fleet’s 22,400 secret documents have been leaked Wednesday.
Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne ordered that the warning be issued, showing that the Turnbull government is concerned by the aftermath of the DCNS leak on Australia’s US $38.2 billion submarines project, The Australian reported.
The DCNS is expected to announce that it will set up a new security committee in Australia to help safeguard against leaks of classified data for the project.
The new security committee would govern the measures with which DCNS develops to deliver the Australian government’s strict security requirements for the Future Submarine Program, DCNS Australia head Sean Costello said.
The leaks scandal has turned into a raging controversy in India as well as France as both the governments seek to grapple with the damage it has done to India’s national security and to DCNS company’s global reputation.
The 22,400 pages of leaked secret documents, marked “Restricted Scorpene India” reveal the “highly sensitive combat and stealth capabilities of India’s Scorpene subs”, including the frequencies at which they gather intelligence, their range, endurance, diving depths, the noise they radiate at different speeds as well as their magnetic and infra-red signatures.
The secret data is likely to have been removed from DCNS by a former sub-contractor in 2011 and taken to a private company in Southeast Asia before being passed to a branch of that company in a second Southeast Asian nation.
The data filed in a disk was then posted in regular mail to a company in Australia.
DCNS is focusing its investigation on former employees and sub-contractors involved in the project. At this stage it is not believed that the leak came from India.
French DCNS proposal for 100 percent foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India for introducing new submarine technology and establish a fully-owned subsidiary in India has hit a roadblock after the Indian defense ministry rejected it. The MoD sees a ‘conflict of interest in the DCNS proposal
DCNS has signed a framework agreement with ONERA aerospace research center to conceptualize and develop French and European joint research projected in the areas of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, navigation, above surface detection, drones and robotics. The agreement aims to develop synergies and propose joint research and development projects in the naval and maritime domains, DCNS said in a statement Monday
DCNS, Chemring Countermeasures and Terma successfully conducted joint operational trials of their Torpedo Defence Solution on May 12. This solution integrates Termas C-Guard Decoy Launching System with DCNSs CANTO Anti-Torpedo Decoy and the Chemring Launch Module which, combined, is designated NATO standard CANTO 130mm
Australian government has approved a new joint project worth A$500 million (US $380 million) to expand electronic warfare capabilities for maritime and land forces. The project cost will include approximately three quarters to be spent locally in a boost to Australias Defence Industry, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement Tuesday
Australia has signed an agreement with Navantia for the Risk Reduction and Design Study (RRDS) Phase for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program. This is part of the Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP) being conducted by the Australian Department of Defence for the SEA5000 Future Frigate Program
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