The US military has begun a pilot training program for Afghan troops who have been missing in action.
The program is meant to provide Afghan National Police pilots with additional guidance and support, including a vehicle to drive the helicopter, according to the Defense Department.
The Pentagon has not revealed how many of the roughly 600 Afghans currently on active duty are currently being trained for the job.
The new pilot training is part of the US military’s plan to build up its forces in the volatile region as it continues to battle the Taliban insurgency.
The military plans to provide a full set of equipment for Afghan police, a special forces unit and a ground team to support them in their search for the missing helicopter, Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said on Friday.
Afghan officials say the missing Chinook is believed to be part of a larger vehicle that crashed on March 23.