Exercise Pitch Black

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RAAF KC-30A MRTT prepares to refuel two French Air Force Rafale fighters

Exercise Pitch Black, a biennial three week multi-national large force employment exercise, was conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal.

The Pitch Black exercise series, held in July and August, is regarded as pivotal to Air Force preparation respond whenever the Australian Government requires military involvement.

The training and integration of forces that occurs during this exercise directly supports Air Force’s ability to conduct operations.

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 — Bradshaw Field Training Area and Delamere Air Weapons Range.

The exercise hosts up to 4000 personnel and up to 140 aircraft from around the globe including participants from Australia, Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia and the United States and will include day and night flying.

Activities such as Exercise Pitch Black recognise the strong relationship Australia has with its participant nations and the high value it places on regional security. The exercise also fosters closer ties throughout the Asia Pacific region.