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Indian Air Force to join Exercise Pitch Black 2018 in Australia

India is no doubt, adopted an aggressive diplomatic policy in making international relations with other countries. After 2014 when Modi government was formed with a supermajority, India is moving very fast towards development.

Last year, India’s entry in MTCR and Wassenaar Arrangement and this year entry in The Australia Group shows that diplomatic channels are more than just active to take India further to the heights of International Relations.

The Indian Air Force is all set to be a part of the Exercise Pitch Black scheduled in Australia. Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne while speaking at New Delhi’s National Defence College confirmed that the Indian Air Force will be participating in what is believed to be the largest training exercise for the Air Force in the southern hemisphere.

Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The exercise is normally held in Northern Australia, primarily at RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal. The aim of the exercise is to practice Offensive Counter Air (OCA) and Defensive Counter Air (DCA) combat, in a simulated war environment. It traditionally consists of a ‘red team’ and a ‘blue team’ based at separate locations, with one attacking the other.

The first Pitch Black exercises took place on 15-16 June 1981 between different RAAF units.

The exercise began in 1990 starting with training between Australia and Singapore, and it then expanded to other international air forces with defence ties to Australia being invited, which have come to consist of France’s Armée de l’Air; the Royal Malaysian Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force; the Royal Thai Air Force; the Royal New Zealand Air Force; the United States Air Force; and Britain’s Royal Air Force. Countries unable to participate are able to send observers.


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