Thursday, October 05, 2017

IAF women combat aircraft pilots set to fly Sukhoi-30 this month

New Delhi: India's first female combat aircraft pilots from the IAF are likely to fly supersonic jets after finishing their last leg of training later in October.

The three women pilots are currently training on British Hawk advanced jet trainers at an IAF facility in Kalaikunda in West Bengal. Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi are the three pilots that were commissioned as flying officers in the IAF in June 2016.

"The women pilots will be assigned to fighter squadrons after they complete their training in the third week of October. Their performance has been good," a senior officer said. The women volunteered for the fighter stream after the government ended a rigid gender-based combat exclusion policy in the IAF in October 2015.
05/10/17 India Today