Exercise Pitch Black 2022

Nations meet at Australia's "Top End" to practice simulated air combat battle-space scenarios


Exercise Pitch Black is a multi-national simulated air combat exercise held biennially in Australia. It features a range of realistic, simulated threats which can be found in a modern battle-space environment.


Over 100 fighter jets take to the skies


This year the Air Forces of 17 nations participated in Australia’s Northern Territory, known as the 'Top End’ from the 19th of August through to the 8th September. Over the 2 weeks, more than 100 fighter jets from 17 countries take to the skies. Germany, Japan and the Republic of Korea participated fully for the first time.


Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force as featured in Brilliant-Online
Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force

Luftwaffe Inflight Refuelling


The German Air Force, known as the Luftwaffe had footage of an inflight refuelling enroute over the Mediterranean, and prior to their arrival in Singapore. From Singapore, they transit to Darwin.


They travelled to Australia as part of the Rapid Pacific deployment. The Luftwaffe arrived in mid-August with more than 200 personnel, six Eurofighter Typhoons, three A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports and an A400M transport aircraft.


Luftwaffe Inflight Refuelling over the Mediterranean as featured in Brilliant-Online
Inflight refuelling (Photo credit: German Air Force Luftwaffe)

Pitch Black Open Day 2022


On Pitch Black 2022 open day, several thousand people, young and old, marvelled at the military planes at Darwin Air Force Base.


Pitch Black 2022 stats:

  • 100 aircraft

  • 2500 military personnel

  • The IAF contingent comprises 100 air warriors, four Su-3 MKI fighters and two C-17 aircraft.


Pitch Black Open Day as featured in Brilliant-Online
Pitch Black Open Day (Photo credit: German Air Force Luftwaffe)

Eurofighter Typhoon


The Eurofighter Typhoon is manufactured by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo, the Eurofighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat aircraft providing simultaneously deployable Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface capabilities. The twin-engine, canard delta wing aircraft is highly agile and was originally conceived as an efficient air-to-air ‘dogfighter’.


Together with the Air Force, OTL D.R. Bodo Heinrichs has been working on the design of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft since November last year. We think the result is impressive! 


Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft as featured in Brilliant-Online