Friday, August 18, 2017

Sverdlovsk region employee accused of disclosing top secret Bulava information

An employee of a Sverdlovsk region scientific and production center is accused of revealing top secret information to foreign intelligence regarding the Bulava strategic rocket.

The employee's name has yet to be disclosed. The employee accused of the leak works at a production center that develops missile defense systems. The court hearing, which will occur behind closed doors, will begin soon in Yekaterinburg, Interfax reports.

The employee allegedly disclosed a top Russian government secret related to strategic weapons systems. Official representatives of Russian law enforcement have yet to comment on the situation, but the case is currently under the control of the Russian government.

The new Borei class of ballistic missile nuclear submarines contains three stage solid-fueled R-30 Bulava rockets. The rocket can be launched in motion and while under water. The Bulava device has an up to 5,000 mile range and can carry from 6,000 to 10,000 re-entry vehicles with yields of 150 kilotons each, according to Interfax.

More than half of the 13 Bulava tests had been deemed failures. The latest series of tests in 2010 and 2011 were successful and the Bulava rocket was recommended for the Russian Navy. The Bulava rocket is anticipated for a service launch date in October.