And please... For God's sake don't let this weapon's research to be stolen by Crombel. It's not even funny to see him getting everything without doing anything. The lab is blown anyways but the author would still find dumb ways to give the research to Crombel/Union.
Uh. You do realize that Crombel and Ignes already have a friendly relationship. After this blows up in Maduke's face, assuming he's still alive and still part of the Union, Ignes will cut her losses go back to the Union with the research to garner some good will with them.