Indian Air Force to join Exercise Pitch Black in Australia

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For the first time, the Indian Air Force will be participating in Exercise Pitch Black in Australia last this year.



This was disclosed by Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne in New Delhi on Jan. 17.

"We confront together the greatest security challenge of our time –countering the scourge of terrorism that besets our region and our world. Our shared strategic engagements include AUSINDEX, the joint maritime exercise that was held successfully in the Bay of Bengal in 2015. This exercise is due to be repeated off Western Australia in coming months, and will be conducted every two years. AUSINDEX underscores the spirit of cooperation between the Australian and Indian navies.

To date, this modern bilateral defence engagement has been most closely evident in the maritime domain.

But now we look forward to a new dimension in our defence relationship, with India’s participation in this year’s multilateral aerospace event, Exercise PITCH BLACK, to be held throughout July and August."

Address to the National Defence College, New Delhi, India | Department of Defence Ministers
 
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Indian Air Force to take part in exercise 'Pitch Black' in Australia



The Indian Air Force will participate in Exercise Pitch Black in Australia, the Australian defence minister Pyne has said.

The exercise which is dubbed the largest Air Force training exercise in the southern hemisphere is hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

In 2016, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the US had participated in the air exercise.

The exercise which takes places every two years was started in 1981 for various RAAF units.

In 1990, Australia and Singapore took part in the exercise together and it was later expanded to include other countries.

United Arab Emirates, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands have taken part in the operation earlier.

The aim of the exercise is to practice offensive counter air (OCA) and defensive counter air (DCA) combat in a simulated environment which usually takes place at the Australian Air Force base at Glenbrook in New South Wales.

The Indian Air Force had earlier participated in the first joint tri-services military exercise with Russia in the eastern military district of Russia last year in October.

The Indian contingent containing 350 officers from the army, 80 from the Air Force including two IL 76 aircraft and one frigate and corvette took part in the military drill.

The exercise was meant to improve the "interoperability" between the two forces, vital in joint military and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.