Darwin, Agency (Australia). Exercise Pitch Black: According to the Indian Air Force, IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft have finished the first stage of Exercise Pitch Black 2022 in Australia and are departing from there. A Royal Australian Air Force MRTT aircraft provided it with fuel.
Air Force tweeted details
According to a tweet from the Air Force, the IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft is departing Australia after receiving fuel after a successful ExPitchBlack22 flight by a Royal Australian Air Force MRTT aircraft. The video from the Air Force was also made public.
Exercise Pitch Black, which took place from August 19 to September 8,
From August 19 to September 8 of this year, Exercise Pitch Black was held, according to a statement from the Defense Ministry. The drill was originally slated to take place in 2018, but the COVID-19 pandemic stopped all plans, forcing a four-year delay.
More than 100 airmen participated.
More than 100 airmen from the IAF are deployed with four Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters and two C-17 planes under the command of Group Captain YPS Negi, according to the statement. In a challenging setting, they will conduct multi-domain aerial warfare operations and share best practises with the participating Air Force.
“These nations participated”
The Air Force’s flagship biannual international engagement exercise with significant strategic partners is called PBK22. Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, UK, and the United States were among this year’s participants. Notably, this will mark the first time when Germany, Japan, and the Republic of Korea will participate fully.After a lengthy absence, PBK22 Director Engagement Group Captain Peter Wood expressed his joy at returning to Pitch Black. According to him, “international involvement in Exercise Pitch Black, both within and outside of the Indo-Pacific area, gives troops from all countries experience working with aircraft, equipment, and work procedures in the distinctive environment of northern Australia.”A multi-national, three-week exercise with a large force is held every two years, mostly from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal.
On Friday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) announced that fighter jets had been dispatched to Australia. According to the Air Force, a team from the service has travelled to Australia to take part in the “Pitch Black” military exercise. Every two years, the air combat training exercise “Pitch Black” is held. 17 nations will concentrate on improving their air-to-air refuelling capabilities in this. The Royal Australian Air Force is organising “Exercise Pitch Black 2022.” (RAAF). Beginning on Friday, September 1, the international exercise will continue through September 8.
More than 100 airmen make up the IAF contingent, which is commanded by Group Captain YPS Negi. Four Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets and two C-17 strategic transport aircraft are also deployed with these warriors. In challenging circumstances, the IAF announced they will conduct multi-domain air combat missions and share best practises with other participating air forces.
In 2018, the Indian Air Force used its aircraft to take part in this exercise for the first time. The IAF had only participated in previous events as an observer. Due to the pandemic, the exercise’s 2020 round was postponed. Air Commodore Tim Alsop, the exercise’s commander, was quoted in a press release from Australia’s Department of Defense as saying, “Given the combat situations, Pitch Black is a significant exercise. There have been significant efforts undertaken to increase the refuelling capacity in the United States.” Both daytime and nighttime actions are part of the training.Air-to-air refuelling is a massive task, according to Air Commodore Alsop. It gives our fighter jets crucial access. Our cooperation with the numerous participating nations strives to strengthen our bond and realise our full potential.” The resumption of Exercise Pitch Black, he added, is “a fantastic opportunity to build ties and foster regional stability.”
According to IAF authorities, the exercise offered a fantastic chance for information and experience sharing with the participants in a fast-paced combat situation. The exercise allows the IAF contingent a chance to meet with people from many nations, comprehend their training methods and operating philosophies, and gain firsthand experience with the operation of allied combat assets.
Pitch Black: Why did an Indian Sukhoi arrive in Australia and why did a dozen different air forces mobilise?
To demonstrate their strength in international skies, the Indian Air Force has landed two C-17 Globemaster-III and four Sukhoi fighter aircraft in Darwin, Australia. All of these fighter jets will take part in the multinational training exercise Pitch Black 2022, which will take place in Australia. Please be informed that this exercise will take place from August 19 to September 8, 2022. Participating in this drill are 17 nations, including India and America. whose 2500 soldiers and 100 fighter jets will use various missions to show their strength. Let us inform you that this exercise is being completed four years later due to the Corona epidemic.
What does the Pitch Black move do?
This exercise primarily aims to organise against China. In addition to this, there is a project to improve ties between the Quad nations. As China is currently encircling Taiwan close to the South China Sea, the Pitch Black manoeuvre is thought to be particularly significant at this time.