The IAF contingent, that took part in Exercise Pitch Black 22, has returned after successful participation in the multinational exercise that was held in Australia.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent, that took part in Exercise Pitch Black 22, has returned after successful participation in the multinational exercise that was held in Australia.
The IAF contingent included four Su-30 MKIs and two C-17 aircrafts. India first took part in the Exercise in 2018.
The biennial warfare exercise was organised after a hiatus of four years, Exercise Pitch Black 22 was hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at its Darwin Air Base. Spanning over a duration of three weeks, from August 19 to September 6, the exercise saw the participation of air forces from 17 nations and over 2500 military personnel from across the globe.
The participating forces took part in various multi-aircraft combat drills by day and night, simulating complex aerial scenarios, involving large formations, the IAF stated.
The exercise provided an opportunity for the air forces to share best practises and experiences. The event witnessed a collaborative spirit that has led to a better understanding of each other’s capabilities and bonhomie that will lead to enduring ties between the participating nations, the IAF said in a statement.
Apart from India and Australia, air forces from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Canada, and the Netherlands took part in the exercise.
While the first Pitch Black exercises took place in 1981, between different units of the RAAF, international participation began in 1990 with training between Australia and Singapore. Australia then began to invite other countries with the aim of boosting military ties.