Allied Air Command
August 24, 2022

Royal Air Force joins multinational air exercise in Australia

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets and a Voyager Air-to-Air refuelling tanker have arrived in Australia to participate in the major training exercise Pitch Black hosted by Royal Australian Air Force.

After the arrival of French and German Air Force detachments in Australia, the Royal Air Force is ready to work alongside up to a 100 aircraft and around 2500 personnel from 17 nations. Large force employment of fighter and support aircraft will be conducted primarily from RAF bases Darwin and Tindal in the Northern Territory.

…”Our presence here is also a further demonstration of the UK’s longstanding commitment to deepening cooperation and engagement in the Indo-Pacific,” he added.

The four Royal Air Force Typhoons flew from RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus and were Air-to-Air refuelled en route by a RAF Voyager tanker which also carried support aviators and equipment. The 8600 nautical mile journey, which included overnight stops in the United Arab Emirates, India and Singapore, was also supported by an Atlas transport aircraft.