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Frontier, switching their air-air role to air-ground
role for their unilateral exercise in the Top End.
After Pitch Black the Delamare Air Weapon
Range will undergo a 12-18 month upgrade.
ESTABLISHING TRUST, FRIENDSHIP
Interoperability starts as early as the work up
training for the exercise. During the first week,
aircrew come together to iron out their Techniques,
Tactics and Procedures (TTP) and begin small
clusters of fighter integration training, which limits
to just day missions and a maximum of 20 aircraft.
It is through eventual mass, mission and formation
briefings and discussions that respective pilots
get to “increase confidence in their machines and
understand capabilities of partner’s platforms.”
The multitude of platforms adds to the complexity
and more overheads for the aircrew to consider.
The Australian and Singapore Air Force have
established an excellent and trusted working
Since 2008, Singapore is the first and only
foreign country to be invited to be amongst the
five Mission Directors (MD) in the Pitch Black
Exercise. Reserve pilot Lieutenant Colonel, LTC
(NS) Ong Swee Chuan “Sushi” was the first RSAF
MD in 2008, and continued to play the same role
in 2010, 2012 and 2016. An F-16 pilot with over
2,000 flying hours, he commented:
“ We are well regarded in this region, I think that
the RAAF have seen us as equals and we can learn
from each other and contribute to each other’s
success rather than just a normal participant.
“ With a RSAF MD, we also ensure that the
RSAF’s training objectives are met, and training
opportunities are maximised. “ he added that such
exercise also further expose the younger pilots
to Large Force Employment (LFE) scenario and
“When they come here to train in a multi lateral
exercise it enhances their ability to interoperate,
further strengthen our relationship with foreign
partners. And continue to forge friendship old and
SLTC Lim recalled during the early 2000s when
he was in Pitch Black undergoing his F-16 Fighter
Weapon Instructor Course he met with an RA AF
pilot undergoing the same experience. In Pitch
Black 16 they met again and he said it was a good
feeling and easy to discuss and learn from one
“ So I think Pitch Black is a good platform
to forge understand and bilateral relationship
between the two forces.”
Like any Singaporean exercise, the RSAF
contingent also consists of full-time national
servicemen and reservist personnel, honing
their skills in unchartered territory. According to
SLTC Lim these national servicemen integrate
seamlessly with the regulars and share experience
and inspire the younger ones.
“ We expect the people here to take back key
lessons learnt from their operational scenarios
with our partners,” SLTC Lim told the media.
Another participant, the Royal Thai Air Force
joined their Exercise Cope Tiger partners,
Singapore and the USAF, who also have something
new to bring to the fight. They brought the latest
F-16A/B MLU to its first overseas exercise. The
F-16 MLUs are now armed with the new IRIS-T
missile, night flying capability and one of the
technology enablers, the Link-16 data link.
SOMETHING NEW EVERY TIME
Technology and new capabilities has changed
how Pitch Black is being carried out over the past
quarter of a century.
A RAAF F/A-18A taxis past a row of RSAF F-15SG in a night sortie. CreditL C. Chuanren
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