First batch of women fighter pilots to be inducted in IAF

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Published on: 10 Jun 2016 5:21 AM GMT
First batch of women fighter pilots to be inducted in IAF
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New Delhi: The first batch of women fighter pilots, comprising three cadets, Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi, will be inducted in the Indian Air Force on June 18. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is also expected to attend the event.

Official sources said that the three women pilots will be commissioned into the fighter stream, after successful completion of the initial training and would undergo advanced training for one year, after which they would be entering the fighter cockpit by June 2017.

Highlights:

  • This is first batch of women fighter pilots, who qualified for the fighter stream, after it was thrown open to women, after the government approved an IAF plan in October 2015, to induct them as fighter pilots
  • They were among the six female trainees who were competing to become the fighter pilots in Indian Air Force.
  • The trainees will go to Bidar in Karnataka in June 2016 for their yearlong stage-III training, on Hawk advanced jet trainers, before they get to fly supersonic warplanes.

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