Russian security agents investigate leaks on hypersonic weapons program
The Federal Security Service is reportedly investigating a treason case in connection with leaked data about Russia’s hypersonic weapons program. According to the newspaper Kommersant, federal agents raided the office of the Central Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering (TsNIIMash) outside Moscow on July 20, and the office of Dmitry Paison, the director of the United Space Missile Corporation’s research and analysis center.
Sources told Kommersant that officials believe the information leaked from someone at TsNIIMash “in close contact” with Paison, according to Meduza.
Both TsNIIMash and the United Space Missile Corporation are part of Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency. The Tactical Missile Armament Corporation, which is not part of Roscosmos, is responsible for developing Russia’s hypersonic projects, but sources say the company collaborates closely with TsNIIMash and the United Space Missile Corporation.
Roscosmos confirmed to RIA Novosti that the FSB raided TsNIIMash.
A source at the United Space Missile Corporation told Interfax that Paison had no personal access to classified information about hypersonic development programs, and another source claimed that Paison has not been charged with any crimes.
Meduza also recalls that the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (“Dagger”) nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile is one of the futuristic weapons Vladimir Putin mentioned in his March 2018 address to the Federal Assembly.
In a follow-up to the story, CrimeRussia on Saturday reported that Dmitry Paison filed for resignation. The press service of Roscosmos confirmed that their chief analyst would leave his post in early August.