Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, conducted a raid of two hypersonic weapons laboratories on Friday after it was discovered that top secret files were leaked to Western intelligence, according to Russian newspaper Kommersant.
FSB operatives raided the employee quarters of the TSNIIMASH (the Central Research Institute of Machine Building) and the URSC (United Rocket and Space Corporation) – both of which are a part of Russian Space Agency Roscosmos and are involved in the development of the country’s hypersonic weapons program.
Specifically targeted in the raid was Dmitry Paison, the head of the URSC’s research facility whose office was separately searched as part of the raid.
A source familiar with the FSB investigation described the investigation as “unprecedented,” while revealing to Kommersant that “it was established that the leak came from TSNIIMASH employees who were in touch with Paison.” The source added that the FSB won’t go easy on the perpetrator.
“Many heads will roll, it won’t be limited to people being dismissed,” added the source. Following the raid, a Roscosmos spokesman confirmed that the searches took place, adding that the head of the corporation, Dmitry Rogozin, instructed “our security division to offer maximum support to the investigation.”
As we reported in May, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a conference with military officials that the country’s new array of hypersonic missiles along with the latest in nuclear technology will secure the country’s security for many decades.
Speaking in Sochi, Putin said the brand-new weapon systems unveiled this year will significantly expand Russia’s military capabilities and “ensure a strategic balance for decades” with the United States.
Putin used his state-of-the-nation speech in March to deliver a stern warning to Washington that Moscow possesses hypersonic weapons that can render NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense system completely “useless.”
Underwater drones, hypersonic warheads, balls of fire, “menacing” ICBMs – the peak of Putin speech at the state-of-the-nation address in March. (Source: Tom Parfitt)
“Efforts to contain Russia have failed,