US president signs budget with reduced funds for radar


The US president George W. Bush signed a 2009 budget law Wednesday that sees $465,8 million allotted to the anti-ballistic-missile program to, key components of which will be located in Poland and the Czech Republic. The monies allotted to the European arm of the project are $246.3 million lower than were requested by the president. The US congress has stipulated that certain funding for the rockets that form a part of this system will only be available after further testing proves the system’s viability. As currently scheduled, the system will be functional by 2013.