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Exercise Pitch Black in Australia

Published: 25th Aug, 2022

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An Indian Air Force contingent has reached Australia to participate in Exercise Pitch Black 2022.

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Exercise Pitch Black

  • Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial three-week multilateral air combat training exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
  • Its last edition was held in
  • It was conducted for the first time in 1981 between different RAAF units.
  • It ensures that the training and integration of forces that occur during this exercise directly supports the Air Force's ability to conduct operations.
  • This year's participants include Australia, Canada, India, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the UAE, the UK and the US.
  • Exercise Pitch Black 2022 is the Royal Australian Air Force’s most significant International Engagement activity with forces participating from a wide range of partner and allied nations developing and enhancing military relationships at all levels.
  • Exercise Pitch Black features a range of realistic, simulated threats which can be found in a modern battle-space environment and is an opportunity to test and improve our force integration, utilising one of the largest training airspace areas in the world.
  • The Australian Navy was part of the Malabar naval exercise hosted by India in November 2020 as well as last year.

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