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India to get first batch of female fighter pilots in June


New Delhi: Saluting women, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha announced that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will get its first woman fighter pilot on 18th of June this year.

“As of now three women trainees have volunteered to join the fighter stream. They are under the second phase of their training. Once they complete their training and are at par with their male colleagues and the passing out parade is scheduled on June 18th,” Raha told recently.

Asserting that all three trainees should get commissioned on that day and become the first women officers in the fighter stream, Raha added that subsequently they will go to the advanced jet training, and later proceed to the regular squads.

“I must thank the Defence Minister for having approved IAF’s proposal to induct women as fighter pilots and very soon on 18th June this year, the Indian Air Force will get its first woman fighter pilot,” Raha said at a seminar.


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