Dr. Alexander Shiplyuk, director of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, became the third Russian scientist to be arrested this summer on suspicion of treason.
The institute’s scientific director, Vasily Fomin, told the Russian news agency TASS that Shiplyuk had been sent to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow.
His detention comes after the June 27 arrest of the institute’s chief researcher, Anatoly Maslov, who is suspected of handing over state secrets related to hypersonic missiles.
According to the institute’s website, Shiplyuk leads a technological laboratory with unique wind tunnels specially designed to simulate hypersonic conditions.
On June 30, the Sovetsky District Court of Novosibirsk arrested another scientist, Dmitry Kolker, an employee of the Institute of Laser Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
According to Reuters, Kolker was detained on charges of treason for allegedly collaborating with China’s security services.
Kolker, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, died while being transferred from the pre-trial detention center.
It is a highly maneuverable weapon that can theoretically fly at hypersonic speeds, adjusting course and altitude to fly under radar detection and around missile defenses.
Experts say that such weapons are incredibly difficult to defend against.
Russia is believed to have a combat vehicle in its arsenal, the Avangard system, which, as Russian President Vladimir Putin said in 2018, is “virtually invulnerable” to Western air defense systems.