The Indian Ministry of Defence has approved women as fighter pilots who will be inducted into the combat stream of the Indian Air Force from next year.
Since their induction into the transport and Helicopter streams of the IAF, the womens’ performance has been ‘praiseworthy and on a par with their male counterparts,’ an MOD statement said today.
Inducting women into the fighter stream would provide them with an equal opportunity to prove their mettle in combat roles as well.
The first women pilots would be selected from the batch which is presently undergoing flying training at Air Force Academy. After successful completion of ab-initio training, they would be commissioned in the fighter stream in June 2016.
Thereafter, they would undergo advanced training for one year and would enter a fighter cockpit by June 2017.
Presently, the Indian Army is inducting women into the Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation (Air Traffic Control), Army Air Defence, Electronics & Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordinance Corps, Intelligence Corps, Army Education Corps and Judge Advocate Generals Branches/Cadres.
The Indian Navy is inducting women in the Judge Advocate Generals, Logistics, Observer, Air Traffic Controller, Naval Constructor and Education branches/cadres. The IAF is presently inducting women in the Transport and Helicopter stream of the flying branch, Navigation, Aeronautical Engineering, Administration, Logistics, Accounts, Education and Meteorology branches.
With this decision to open up induction of women in the fighter stream, women have become eligible for induction in all branches and streams of the IAF.
The Ministry of Defence has also taken up a comprehensive review pertaining to induction of women in Armed Forces, both in short service commission and permanent commission (SSC & PC) and once finalised more and more branches would be opened up for induction of women.
Indian Air Force is all set to create green corridor to rapid transport organs from Chandigarh to Delhi. As part of the new corridor project, a mock drill for transporting a liver from the Command Hospital in Chandimandir to the Chandigarh airport was held today
The India Air Force formally commissioned its first three women fighter pilots at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal on the outskirts of Hyderabad on June 18. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was chief guest at the combined graduation ceremony at Air Force Academy, Dundigal on the city outskirts, termed the event as a “milestone” wherein for the first time three women pilots are commissioned in combat role
Indias first batch of women fighter pilots will be commissioned on June 18, the forces chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said Tuesday. “The floodgates have opened for women to prove their mettle in all streams,” Air Chief Marshal Raha said at an event on International Womens Day
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