Exercise Pitch Black 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The 2020 edition of the exercise Pitch Black has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Lockdown.

Pitch Black

Pitch Black is a multilateral air combat training exercise hosted by Australia. The 2020 event was originally scheduled between July and August. It has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis and the next event would be held in 2022. In the 2018 edition, the Indian Air Force had deployed 145 personnel, four Su-30MKI fighters, one C-130 and one C-17 transport aircraft.


AUSINDEX is a bilateral naval exercise between India and Australia. It is a biennial exercise involving the 2 navies and was held for the first time in India in 2015. Last year’s AUSINDEX event saw the participation of the largest Australian contingent ever to India- with more than 1,000 personnel.

Other Aspects of India- Australia Defence Cooperation

  • The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement- expected to be concluded soon.
  • A maritime cooperation agreement including MDA or Maritime Domain Awareness to strengthen the partnership.
  • Australia pitched for trilateral cooperation among India, Australia and Indonesia to identify ways to safeguard the Indian Ocean.
  • Memorandum on Defence Cooperation 2006
  • Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation 2009
  • Framework for Security Cooperation 2014



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