Exercise Pitch Black concludes, IAF team heads back from Australia: In pics

Exercise Pitch Black 2018, which was being conducted in Australia's Darwin, was scheduled from July 24 to August 18, 2018.

Aug 18, 2018, 12:56 PM IST

Exercise Pitch Black 2018, which was being conducted in Australia's Darwin, was scheduled from July 24 to August 18, 2018.

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As the flying operations for Exercise Pitch Black 2018 came to an end on Saturday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) team commenced preparations for de-induction. The IAF contingent is, currently, heading back to India, staging through Malaysia. The IAF, meanwhile, released a video of the Pitch Black 2018 exercise. It tweeted saying, "# ExPitchBlack18: Making History... During the Ex. A team of IAF PJI's, Special Forces 'GARUDS' along with RAAF special forces, undertook Combat Free Fall from C-27J Spartan Aircraft. It's the first time that 'Team IAF' jumped in the Southern Hemisphere from a Foreign Aircraft." (Twitter photo/@IAF_MCC)

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In another tweet, the IAF said, "Indian Air Force is all packed and ready to board the jets to head for the next destination, Malaysia. The big boys C-17 & C-130 and the fast jets bid adieu to 'down under' Australia." The IAF was invited for the first time to participate in Exercise Pitch Black - a biennial multi-national large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). (Twitter photo/@IAF_MCC)

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The Exercise Pitch Black 2018, which was being conducted in Australia's Darwin, was scheduled from July 24 to August 18, 2018. (Twitter photo/@IAF_MCC)

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Indian Air Force was undertaking simulated air combat exercises in a controlled environment and mutual exchange of best practices towards enhancing IAF operational capability said a press note released by PIB. (Twitter photo/@IAF_MCC)

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The participating Indian contingent in this three-week exercise consisted of 145 air-warriors, with 4x Su-30 MKI, 1x C-130, 1x C-17, Garud Commandos and observers with diverse specialisations. (Twitter photo/@IAF_MCC)

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