UPDATE 6-France's DCNS says India submarine data leak may be "economic warfare"

miércoles 24 de agosto de 2016 09:11 GYT

* India investigates leak of Scorpene submarine documents

* DCNS says leak could be industrial espionage

* French firm in talks with Australia for $38 bln submarine deal (Recasts with DCNS, adds source, defence minister declining comment)

By Matt Siegel and John Irish

SYDNEY/PARIS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - French naval contractor DCNS said on Wednesday it may have been the victim of "economic warfare" after secrets about its Scorpene submarines being built in India were leaked.

India opened an investigation after The Australian newspaper published documents relating to the submarine's combat capabilities, raising concerns over another major contract with Australia.

The leak contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the details of six submarines that DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy.

"I understand there has been a case of hacking," Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters. "We will find out what has happened."

The submarines are being built at a state-run shipyard in Mumbai and the first one was expected to go into service by the end of the year, the first step in the Indian navy's effort to rebuild its dwindling fleet.   Continuación...