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14th September, 2022 International Relations

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Context: The Indian Air Force contingent participating in Exercise Pitch Black 22 in Australia has returned after successful participation in the multinational exercise.



  • Exercise Pitch Black 22 was hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force at its Darwin Air Base.
  • Spanning over a duration of three weeks, the exercise saw the participation of 17 Air Forces and over 2500 military personnel.
  • The IAF contingent included four Su-30 MKI & two C-17 aircraft. The participating forces took part in various multi-aircraft combat drills by day & night, simulating complex aerial scenarios, involving large formations
  • The exercise provided an opportunity for the air forces to share best practices and experiences. The event witnessed a collaborative spirit that has led to a better understanding of each other's capabilities & a bonhomie that will lead to enduring ties between the participating nations.
  • It's a biennial exercise to enhance interoperability and strengthen relationships among participants.
  • It will provide Indian Air Force a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with these nations in a dynamic warfare environment.
  • It provides all nations’ personnel with experience in working with aircraft, systems, and work practices, in northern Australia’s unique environment, that would otherwise be unfamiliar.
  • It will take place in the Southern hemisphere which is hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
  • Other Exercises:
  • Bilateral: Ex AUSTRA HIND (Army), Ex AUSINDEX (Navy)
  • Multilateral: Malabar Exercise (With the Navies of USA, India, Australia and Japan)