First batch of women fighter pilots to be inducted in June

Parrikar lauded Raha's insistence to push forward the proposal to induct women as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 9, 2016 1:14 am
IAF women, IAF women fighter pilots, IAF women cadets, Arup Raha women pilots, IAF Arup Raha women cadets IAF’s all-women contingent marching during the 66th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath. (Source: PTI)

HAVING announced that women fighters will enter the cockpits of IAF jets, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Tuesday said that the first batch of three women fighters will be inducted into the combat role on June 18.

“We inducted women as pilots in 1991, but on only helicopter and transport (planes). I must thank the Defence Minister for having approved the IAF’s proposal to induct women as fighter pilots. Very soon…on June 18, the Air Force will get women fighter pilots,” Raha said while addressing a seminar on Women in Armed Medical Corps.

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“As of now three women trainees have volunteered to join the fighter stream. They are in the second phase of their training. Once they complete their training…they are on par with their male colleagues and the passing out parade is scheduled on June 18,” Raha said at the event which was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

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