WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 20th September, 2019) A stop gap funding measure that is expected to keep the US government running when the fiscal year ends just over a week, threatens to delay work on an array of new weapons, including hypersonic missiles, Department of Defense said.
"Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon - delays critical long lead purchases, putting planned delivery at risk; adversely impacting the ability to deter and defeat near-peer adversaries," a Defense Department list of programs facing potential delays said on Friday.
The Defense Department said it will be able to manage the impacts as long as full-year appropriations bills are passed in the coming weeks.
The House of Representatives and the Senate in the coming days are expected to vote on a continuing resolution to keep the government open through November 21. By then, lawmakers must either have finished a 2020 budget or will need to pass another continuing resolution.
At hypersonic speeds, existing missile defense systems are ineffective, according to published reports.