United States military officials are preparing to fly military planes from its facilities in the Middle East to the U.S. mainland as part of a program aimed at bolstering the country’s defense posture, Reuters reported, citing sources in the Pentagon.
The Pentagon, in a statement, said the new training program would be carried out by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which oversees the Pentagon’s defense research and development.
The program would involve the Pentagon sending Boeing 737 aircraft to the United States and flying them to a test facility in Utah, the Pentagon said.
The flights will be conducted by Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and F-15E aircraft, the statement said.
They will then be flown to the test site.
In a separate statement, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense said it was working with the U,S.
government to conduct a similar program.
The ministry said the training would take place at a military base in Scotland.
The U.K. Ministry of Defence said the flights would be conducted at a base in Aberdeen, Scotland, and would include military personnel, including soldiers, pilots and engineers, in addition to a civilian operator.
It would also involve training to help train personnel in the U-shaped flight deck, the ministry said.