BLUFAustralia's unrestricted airspace was a drawcard for South Korean and Japanese air forces aircraft, enabling them to practise air-to-air and air-to-ground missions whilst improving interoperability in large force scenarios.
Mike Yeo writing in DefenseNews, makes the following points:
- Six South Korean manufactured upgraded F16s (KF-16U) participated.
- Five Japanese F-2As also took part.
- Pitch Black Enabled Japanese and South Korean personnel to gain experience working with other air forces.
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References from the Web:
- MAY 2022 Japan to take part in Exercise Pitch Black in Northern Territory skies-Northern Territory Independent.
- AUG 2022 Introducing the New ‘F-16U’: South Korea’s AESA Radar Equipped Fighters Just Deployed for Exercises in Australia-Military Watch magazine
- SEP 2022 Pitch Black participants benefit from Australian base upgrades-Defense News