March 8: On International Women's Day, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha announced the first batch of female fighter pilots, who will soon be joining hands with the previous team for the parade that is scheduled on June 18 this year.
There are currently 1,500 women serving in the IAF (Indian Air Force), including 94 pilots and 14 navigators, but none were in the fighter stream.
During an interview, Air Chief Marshal Raha said that till now three women trainees have volunteered to join the fighter stream and are under the second phase of training. He also added that they will be joining their male colleagues for the parade after the completion of their training.
Raha further added that the three trainees should get commissioned on that day. They will eventually lead to the advanced jet training, and later proceed to the regular squads.
Last year in October, the government had approved the selection of women in fighter stream.
Raha appreciated AMC ( Army Medical Corps) for providing the opportunity to women to serve in the defense after which, the floodgates have opened for women to prove their mettle.
Edited by: Shweta Gupta