(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Fighter jets Sukhoi-30MKI and midair refueller IL-78 — both of
Russian origin – along with US-made heavy-lift plane C-17 will be
fielded by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in an upcoming 17-nation
military exercise in Australia.
Called“Pitch Black 2022”, the exercise will be conducted from
August 19 to September 8. The three-week-long military drill, to be
conducted in Northern Territory of Australia, will involve over 100
aircraft and 2,500 military personnel.
The IAF team took off today. En route, the team will stop at
Malaysia for a bilateral exercise. This year's participants include
India, the US, Australia, Japan, Canada, France, Germany,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines,
South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the UAE and the UK. The list
includes the Quadrilateral countries – India, Japan, US and
Australia. The exercise will also see participation of key NATO
countries, including the UK, France and Germany. Germany, Japan and
South Korea are participating for the first time. A biennial
exercise,“Pitch Black” features a range of realistic and simulated
threats that can be found in a modern battle-space environment and
is an opportunity for militaries to test and improve
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