The United States does not rule out future deliveries of hypersonic weapons and cruise missiles to foreign allies as an exception.
This was acknowledged on Friday by US Assistant Secretary of state for international security and non-proliferation Christopher Ford, commenting on the decisions of the Washington administration to ease restrictions on the supply of us military drones abroad.
Ford clarified that the new solutions concern systems that can not reach speeds of more than 800 km per hour. вЂњThis [new] policy, I should stress, will not change anything in the way we treat faster unmanned aerial systems that pose a higher risk of delivering weapons of mass destruction. Such systems as cruise missiles, hypersonic aircraft, and advanced unmanned combat aircraft. These systems will continue to remain under the de facto ban on exports вЂ” with the possible exception of rare casesвЂќ, вЂ” said the employee of the foreign policy Department of the USA.
He did not specify to whom and under what circumstances the US could potentially supply such weapons. вЂњIt is difficult to predict by their very nature exactly what the circumstances might be that might fall into this category,вЂќ Ford said, speaking at an Internet seminar at the Hudson Institute in Washington.
вЂњIf this happens, it will be a very rare case. But, in my opinion, it would be a mistake to think that no one would say such a thing under any circumstances,вЂќ the American diplomat added.