"Exercise Pitch Black is returning to the Northern Territory in 2020 and the Royal Australian Air Force would like to thank the Northern Territory community once again for their interest and tremendous support.
Pitch Black is the Royal Australian Air Force’s largest international engagement activity and includes day and night flying activity involving around 120 aircraft from a range of regional, coalition and allied Air Forces.
International partners expected to participate in Pitch Black 2020 include Canada, France (French Air Force and the French Armed Forces New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and for the first time, Japan.
Our international partners appreciate the opportunity to exercise together as it provides focused training and interoperability opportunities to develop, practice and consolidate individual and collective training skills.
To show our appreciation of your support we are pleased to continue the tradition of providing a flypast and handling display at Mindil Beach and an Open Day at RAAF Base Darwin where you will have the chance to observe, first-hand, some of the participating Air Forces’ capabilities."
- Air Vice-Marshal Joe "Vinny" Iervasi, AM, Air Commander Australia

The exercise is a biennial three week multi-national large force employment exercise conducted primarily from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal. RAAF Base Amberley will also be included in the exercise this year.

Exercise Pitch Black 20 is the Royal Australian Air Force’s biennial capstone International Engagement activity with forces participating from a wide range of regional, coalition and allied nations developing and enhancing military relationships at all levels.

Exercises such as this are pivotal to ensuring Air Force remains ready to respond whenever the Australian Government requires. The training and integration of forces that occurs during this exercise directly supports Air Force’s ability to conduct operations.

Exercise Pitch Black features a range of realistic, simulated threats which can be found in a modern battle-space environment and is an opportunity to test and improve our force integration, utilising one of the largest training airspace areas in the world — Bradshaw Field Training Area and Delamere Air Weapons Range.

The exercise hosts up to 3500 personnel and up to 120 aircraft from around the globe including participants from Australia, Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and the United States. Japan will also be participating for the first time.

Activities such as Exercise Pitch Black recognises the strong relationship Australia has with its participant nations and the high value it places on regional security and fostering closer ties throughout the Asia Pacific region.

For more information please contact: PB.media@defence.gov.au


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