Trisonics in the Top End


Nigel Pittaway spoke with Indian Air Force aircrew during their participation in this summer’s Exercise Pitch Black in Australia’s Top End


HAL-built Su-30MKI3 SB 307 breaks away from a RAAF KC-30A after aerial refuelling. All images Nigel Pittaway

In July and August, 2018, four Su- 30MKI fighters and a C-130J-30 Super Hercules from the Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed to Australia to attend Exercise Pitch Black 2018.

Pitch Black is the Royal Australian Air Force’s premier air combat exercise and the deployment marked the first time the IAF had participated in an exercise in Australia, other than as an observer. It was also the first time that India’s Sukhois had crossed the equator, to operate in the Southern Hemisphere.

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