Russia arrests supersonic missile scientist on suspicion of treason

Alexander Shiplyuk, one of Russia’s leading hypersonic missile scientists, was arrested on August 5 on charges of treason.

Alexander Shiplyuk, director of the Siberian branch of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is the third scientist to be arrested this summer. Shiplyuk was taken to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

“Investigations taking place at the institute are related to the director Alexander Shiplyuk. He faces the same charges as Maslov of treason,” Vasily Fomin, director of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, told TASSreferring to Anatoly Maslov, research director of the Siberian branch.

Dr. Alexander Shiplyuk, one of Russia's leading hypersonic rocket scientists.  Photo: Russian Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Dr. Alexander Shiplyuk, one of Russia’s leading hypersonic rocket scientists. Image: Russian Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Maslov was arrested on June 27 on suspicion of transferring state secret data related to hypersonic missiles. Maslov’s case is being handled by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

On June 30, the Novosibirsk city court ordered the arrest of Dmitry Kolker, a scientist from the Siberian branch of the Institute of Laser Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences. Kolker had stage 4 cancer and died on July 2 in Lefortovo. Kolker is said to have collaborated with Chinese security agencies, according to Reuters.

Russia, the US and China are all working on developing a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV). These are highly directional weapons that can theoretically fly at supersonic speeds while adjusting direction and altitude to evade radar and missile defense systems. Experts say that this weapon is extremely difficult to deal with.

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