The U.S. Air Force is sending fiveÂ CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to a military air base in Tokyo earlier than previously anticipated.
U.S. Forces Japan said TuesdayÂ the CV-22 units, built by Bell-Boeing, will arrive at Yokota Air Base later this week as part of the branch’s efforts to help addressÂ regional security concerns within the Pacific Command’s area of responsibility and comply with the 2018 National Defense Strategy.
USAF originally planned to deploy the aircraft to the installation sometime in 2020.
Ospreys will also support training around the region in the coming months andÂ disaster response efforts.
The branch plans to send more training support personnel there and an additional five aircraftÂ as part of a phased-basing effort, USFJ noted.
CV-22 integrates a helicopter’s vertical flight capacity with the range and speed of a fixed-wing plane.