The current edition was the largest Pitch Black ever conducted by Australia. (File)
With some key operational lessons learnt, an Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent has returned home on a high note after participation in the biennial multi-national military drill ”Exercise Pitch Black at Darwin in Australia, an official communique said on Sunday.
This was the first time that the IAF actively participated in the large force employment warfare exercise, which was hosted by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) between July 24 and August 18.
With participation of 16 nations and more than 140 aircraft, the current edition was the largest Pitch Black ever conducted by Australia.
“The IAF contingent interacted with various countries, gained first-hand experience of training patterns, employment and operating philosophies of their combat assets. The operational lessons learnt by IAF during the exercise will help it add more teeth to its overall operational capabilities,” the IAF said in a release.
The IAF undertook simulated air combat exercises in “near realistic environment” and exchanged best practices “towards enhancing our operational capability”, it said.
The IAF contingent, led by Group Captain C.U.V. Rao, consisted of 145 air warriors including commandos, Garuds, four Su-30 MKi, one C-130 and one C-17 aircraft for logistic support.
“The objectives for the exercise were to foster closer relationship between the participating friendly forces and to promote…