'Pitch Black', Asia-Pacific's largest air force training exercise, to take place today in Australia's Darwin; 16 countries to participate

Australia will host Asia-Pacific's largest air force training exercise called Pitch Black. Around 16 countries will take part in the drill

Reuters July 28, 2018 09:04:38 IST
'Pitch Black', Asia-Pacific's largest air force training exercise, to take place today in Australia's Darwin; 16 countries to participate

Melbourne: The skies over Australia’s northern coastline were filled with air force pilot top guns from 16 nations on Saturday in one of Asia-Pacific’s largest air force training exercises.

The tropical northern city of Darwin is hosting 4,000 personnel and 140 aircraft over the next three weeks as air forces from around the world take part in Exercise Pitch Black.

Pitch Black AsiaPacifics largest air force training exercise to take place today in Australias Darwin 16 countries to participate

Representational image. Reuters

The training includes night flying and aerial refuelling and enables different nations a chance to learn from each other and improve their force integration using one of the largest training airspace areas in the world.

The biennial Pitch Black exercise began in 1990 between Australia and Singapore, and features a range of realistic, simulated threats which can be found in a modern battle-space environment, the Royal Australian Air Force said in a statement on its website.

“Activities such as Exercise Pitch Black recognises the strong relationship Australia has with its participant nations and the high value it places on regional security and fostering closer ties throughout the Asia Pacific region,” the Royal Australian Air Force said.

The air forces involved are from the US, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia.

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