Boeing has increased its training capabilities for the UK Air Force in the UK.

Pilots will now have added virtual training at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Royal Air Force Lakenheath through the F-15E mission training centres (MTC), set up for the US Air Force’s distributed mission operations network (DMON).

The two sites join the F-15E MTC at Mountain Home Air Force Base that was connected to the DMON in June 2009.

The addition will ensure that F-15E pilots at the three bases will be able to train virtually with military aircraft pilots located around the world.

The distributed mission operations offer an advanced training environment in which simulators flown by front-line aircrew are linked via the DMON from their home bases.

Boeing vice president for training systems and services Mark McGraw said the DMO allows the US Air Force to simulate combat and training between several bases and dissimilar aircraft, allowing aircrews to train as they fight, right from their home base.

“Now war fighters at these three bases can benefit from the realistic training provided by the MTCs without incurring the financial or environmental costs or safety risks of live-fly training exercises,” he said.