25 Agustus 2016
The specifications, features as well as the capabilities of the submarines used by Malaysia were unique and different from the other submarines used by the two nations. (photo : LIMA)
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Scorpene submarines purchased from French defence company DCNS are different from the submarines of Chile or India, said Defence Deputy Minister Mohd Johari Baharum.
The specifications, features as well as the capabilities of our submarines were unique and different from those submarines, he said when met at the Malaysian Armed Forces Sports Awards night at Wisma Perwira here.
He was commenting on a report in the Australian media today, that sensitive data on the capabilities of Scorpene submarines built by a French ship company were leaked when 22,400 pages of submarine secret information documents owned by the Indian Navy were exposed.
India is investigating a massive data leak from French shipbuilder DCNS that affects a major submarine contract for its navy.
The leak of more than 22,000 pages exposes secrets about the combat capabilities of Scorpene-class vessels.
It is not clear who first obtained the confidential documents, which were made public by the Australian media.
Earlier this year DCNS won Australia's largest-ever defence contract to build a fleet of advanced submarines.
India signed a $3.5b (£2.6b, €3.1b) deal for six Scorpene vessels in 2005. They were being built in cooperation with an Indian government-owned shipbuilder in Mumbai.
India is investigating the leak to "find out what has happened," Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said.
The Scorpene submarines are small-to-intermediate size vessels currently in use in Malaysia and Chile. Brazil is due to deploy the submarine type in 2018.
A DCNS spokeswoman described the leak as "a serious matter" and said French authorities would formally investigate.