31/08/2018 to 15/09/2018
1. Indian Air Force will set course for International Exercise Pitch Black 2018 on 19 July 18 . Pitch Black is a biennial three week multi-national exercise conducted at RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal, Australia. The exercise will be held from 24 July to 18 August 2018 & Indian Air Force is participating with aircraft in this exercise for the first time. The participating team consists of 145 air-warriors, with 4x Su-30 MKI, 1x C-130, 1x C-17, Garud Commandos and observers with diverse specialisations.
Exercises such as Pitch Black are pivotal to ensuring operational exposure & for mutual exchange of best practices towards enhancing Op capability. Exercise Pitch Black features a range of realistic, simulated threats which are expected in a modern battle-space environment and would provide an opportunity to test and improve force integration, utilising one of the largest training areas in the world — Bradshaw Field Training Area and Delamere Air Weapons Range in Australia.
2. The IAF contingent landed at Surabaya, Indonesia, today at 1300hrs. It's for the first time that IAF's SU-30 aircraft have crossed south of equator & the Strategic Airlift C-17 aircraft landed at Indonesia.
3. The men and their magnificent machines, all geared up for action. IAF's SU-30 & C-17 aircraft before launch from India to Indonesia at AFS Kalaikunda, 19 Jul 18.
4. Air Power at its Best - All IAF birds check-in at Surabaya, Indonesia, after a long duration ferry of 07 hours, on 19 Jul 18. The Adverse Weather & Long Distances posed no hurdles for a well planned mission.