Russian hypersonic missile scientist arrested for alleged treason

TRIBUNNEWS.COM – Russia’s leading scientist in the field of hypersonic aviation has been arrested by the authorities on suspicion of treason.

According to Russian media reports, reported by CNNDr Alexander Shiplyuk was arrested on Friday (5/8/2022).

Dr Alexander Shiplyuk is director of the Khristianovich Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Vasily Fomin, scientific director at the institute, told Russian news agency TASS that Shiplyuk was sent to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

Quoting from the institute’s official website, Dr Alexander Shiplyuk heads a technology laboratory with a unique wind tunnel specially made to simulate hypersonic conditions.

Meanwhile according to the report NewsweekShiplyuk is working on the development of hypersonic aircraft and rockets which are the main weapons in Russia’s arsenal.

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A common target in his work, however, was “the creation of a promising hypersonic rocket system”, according to the website.

After Shiplyuk’s arrest, the Khristianovich Institute was searched, according to Vasily Fomin.

“There is an operational event at the institute.”

“They were connected to our director Alexander Nikolaevich Shiplyuk. He was arrested,” he told TASS.