Russian Physicist Working On Hypersonic Aircrafts Arrested For High Treason

December 04, 2020 01:07 GMT – By RFE/RL

A Russian court has ordered the arrest of a physicist specializing in hypersonic aircraft on suspicion of high treason.

Anatoly Gubanov took part in international conferences and projects involving hydrogen-powered hypersonic aircraft, the Interfax news agency reported on December 3, citing unnamed sources.

“According to the investigation, Gubanov handed over secret aviation development data abroad,” the TASS news agency reported, citing another source.

The closed-door court ordered Gubanov to be held in detention until February.

The scientist is said to be a lecturer at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Russia views hypersonic aircraft and missiles as providing a strategically important military advantage.

In October, the Russian military said it had successfully test-launched a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile that flew more than eight times the speed of sound, in what President Vladimir Putin hailed as a “big event” for the country.

One comment

  • Let me guess;
    This guy told Putin that he couldn’t make that super duper ultra sonic hybrid nuke missile Putin described to the world.
    Then little Putin said, “Yes you will, you have to.”
    Then the scientist said, “It’s not physically possible, you took my words out of context.”
    Then little Putin said, “Oh, I see you emailed some drawings to the West…”

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