April 28, 2020

Australia has informed India that its premier multilateral air combat training exercise — Pitch Black 2020— scheduled from July 27 to August 14 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.


  • The next edition of Pitch Black is scheduled for 2022. In the last edition of Pitch Black in 2018, the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the first time deployed fighter aircraft.

  • The defence and strategic engagement between India and Australia has steadily gone up in recent years especially on the bilateral front with naval cooperation at the forefront.

  • The bilateral naval exercise AUSINDEX early last year saw participation of the largest Australian contingent ever to India with over 1,000 personnel. 

Source : The Hindu