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IAF joins multi-nation wargame Pitch Black in Australia

This year's exercise will see the participation of over 100 aircraft and 2500 military personnel from various air forces.

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New Delhi: An Indian Air Force contingent has reached Australia for participating in Exercise Pitch Black 2022 scheduled to be held from Aug 19 to Sept 8 in Darwin, the IAF said on Friday.

This is a biennial, multi-nation exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

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It will focus on Large Force Employment warfare. The last edition was conducted in 2018. The 2020 edition of the exercise was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the IAS added.

This year’s exercise will see the participation of over 100 aircraft and 2500 military personnel from various air forces.

The IAF contingent, led by Group Captain YPS Negi, comprises over 100 air warriors, deployed with four Su-30 MKI fighters and two C-17 aircraft.

They will undertake multi-domain air combat missions in a complex environment and will exchange best practices with the participating air forces.

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