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IAF kicks off its journey to Pitch Black

An Indian air force SU-30MKI jet touches down, marking the first time in history the Indian air force has been on American soil to train with U.S. fighters. July 13, 2008. (Airman 1st Class Ryan Crane/U.S. Air Force)
July 23, 2018

For the first time in history, the Indian Air Force will be participating in the Pitch Black 2018 Exercise in Australia. Pitch Black is a biennial multi-national large force warfare exercise hosted by Australia.

IAF already kicked off its journey for the exercise last week. A fleet consisting of 145 air-warriors including Garud team, Four SU-30MKI, one C-130 and one C-17 started off its journey from Kalaikunda Air Force Station.

During the transit, the SU-30MKIs were refueled by IL-78MKI tankers over the Bay of Bengal, and then they stopped at an Indonesian Air Force Base. In the final leg, SU-30MKI will be refueled in the air for the first time by RAAF KC-30A.