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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
Air Ambassador for the Rapid Pacific 2022. Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. (Photo credit: Hans Jacob, military aviation photographer from Holland who lives in Singapore)

Aussie F-35A Lightnings at Pitch Black

Australia deployed its F-35A Lighting II fighter aircraft at Pitch Black 2022 for the first time.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II A35-025 over Newcastle as featured in Brilliant-Online
RAAF F-35A Lightning II A35-025 over Newcastle Photo Credit: @kadonkey

Air Combat exercises at Pitch Black 2022

A RAAF F-35 along side a RoKAF F-16 during the Exercise Pitch Black 2022. With ~180 F-16s in active service, Korea is one of the largest operators of the type in the world.

RAAF F-35 along side RoKAF F-16 as featured in Brilliant-Online
RAAF F-35 along side RoKAF F-16 (Photo credit: RoKAF)


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