Exercise Pitch Black 18 'Red Air' from RAAF Base Tindal

Exercise Pitch Black 18 ‘Red Air’ from RAAF Base Tindal

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No.75 Squadron plays the role of ‘red air’, alongside a deployed US Marine Corps (USMC) All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron out of RAAF Base Tindal near Katherine, NT, during Exercise Pitch Black 18. Both squadrons simulate the ‘enemy’ during the exercise with set training serials for the Air Force and participating nations to fight and develop tactics against.

Exercise Pitch Black 18 'Red Air' from RAAF Base Tindal

Exercise Pitch Black 18 ‘Red Air’ from RAAF Base Tindal


Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The exercise is normally held in Northern Australia, primarily at RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal. The aim of the exercise is to practice Offensive Counter Air (OCA) and Defensive Counter Air (DCA) combat, in a simulated war environment. It traditionally consists of a ‘red team’ and a ‘blue team’ based at separate locations, with one attacking the other.

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