IAF to send Su30MKI in Exercise Pitch Black 2024

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is once again showcasing its combat prowess on the international stage, participating in Exercise Pitch Black 2024 in Darwin, Australia. This biennial multinational air combat drill, hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), brings together air forces from around the world to hone their skills in complex scenarios.

For Pitch Black 2024, the IAF has deployed a contingent of four of its formidable Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets. These highly maneuverable and versatile aircraft, known for their powerful engines and advanced avionics, will be put to the test in a range of challenging missions.

This year marks the continuation of a strong tradition for the IAF at Pitch Black. The force first participated in 2018, marking a significant milestone in its international engagement. Since then, the IAF’s presence at the exercise has grown, showcasing its commitment to regional security and its growing airpower capabilities.

The deployment of the Su-30MKI fighters highlights the IAF’s confidence in its frontline combat aircraft. These jets are expected to play a key role in the exercise, demonstrating their ability to perform effectively in a dynamic and demanding environment.

The Indian Air Force’s participation in Exercise Pitch Black 2024 is a testament to its professionalism and commitment to international cooperation. The skills and experience gained during the exercise will be invaluable in ensuring India’s air defense preparedness and its ability to operate effectively alongside other air forces on the global stage.


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