Royal Australian Air Force hosts Exercise Pitch Black with over 100 fighter jets



During a Bomber Task Force mission, two U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirits fly alongside four Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growlers and a RAAF E-7A Wedgetail on the eastern Australian coast on August 4. Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Bishline/U.S. Navy | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/a7fecb695d0c74a14a29d67f89ef2d87/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>

Throughout a Bomber Process Pressure mission, two U.S. Air Pressure B-2 Spirits fly alongside 4 Royal Australian Air Pressure EA-18G Growlers and a RAAF E-7A Wedgetail on the jap Australian coast on August 4. Photograph by Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Bishline/U.S. Navy | License Photograph

Aug. 20 (UPI) — The Royal Australian Air Pressure is internet hosting Train Pitch Black, a large-scale coaching engagement with 16 different nations together with the US, Britain and France.

The train will embody greater than 100 fighter jets and 1000’s of personnel drilling fight eventualities performed within the day and at night time within the sky above Australia’s Northern Territory, utilizing the town of Darwin as a house base, by means of Sept. 8.

Different nations taking part in Train Pitch Black embody Canada, Germany, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, the Australian Protection Division stated in a press release.

“This 12 months, important efforts have been made to advance the air-to-air refueling functionality between most of the taking part nations,” Air Commodore Tim Alsop, the commander of the train, stated within the assertion.

“Air-to-air refueling is a pressure multiplier, offering important attain to our fight plane. Working with most of the taking part nations goals to extend our pressure projection and maximize {our capability}.”

The train is historically held in Darwin each two years because it started in 1981 however was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alsop famous that a number of nations are taking part in Train Pitch Black for the primary time.

“We welcome them to the train and the magnificent Northern Territory,” Alsop stated.

The Australia Broadcasting Company, the nation’s nationwide broadcaster, reported that Su-30s from India and F-15s and F-16s from Singapore will return for the train this 12 months whereas Eurofighter Typhoons from Germany and Britain and Mitsubishi F-2s from Japan are debuting.

In feedback to the ABC, Alsop added that Pitch Black is strictly a coaching train and never meant to “oppose” any nation regardless of rising tensions within the Asian Pacific area.

“It is not in opposition to anybody, however for lots of countries,” he stated.

The RAAF may also maintain and day the place members of the general public can go to the bottom in Darwin to see the high-tech planes in addition to conduct a flyover above the town’s well-known Mindil Seaside.