Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is a three week multi-national large force employment exercise which will be conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal from 29 July to 19 August 2016.
The Northern Territory will host up to 2500 personnel and 115 aircraft from around the globe for the exercise including participants from Australia, Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
Aircraft will arrive in the week prior to the start of the exercise and depart over the weekend following the exercise.
The exercise will use airspace over Bradshaw Training Area and Delamere Air Weapons Range to practice large formation offensive and counter air and offensive air support operations.
The exercise will involve day and night flying from Darwin and Tindal, as well as a number of land elements in each location.
We will keep local communities informed of Exercise Pitch Black activities. During the exercise, flying times will be posted on this website. Air Force will also provide information on social media and through NT media.
A handling display will occur over Mindil Beach on 11 August and an Open Day at RAAF Darwin is scheduled for 13 August. Both events are free for the community to enjoy the many capabilities on display during the exercise.
Exercise Pitch Black is a major boost for the Northern Territory economy. Pitch Black 2014 contributed $25 million to the local economy and this year’s exercise is expected to exceed that.
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.
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