Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh along with Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha felicitated and interacted with three Indian Air Force women fighter pilots who were commissioned after their successful training in June.
The first batch of women pilots was inducted into the fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force. Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawna Kanth and Mohana Singh were among the pilots. The passing-out parade at the Indian Air Force Academy in Hyderabad was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
A landmark event in IAF history, the graduation ceremony saw three women pilots commissioned in the fighter stream of the flying branch. However, IAF looks upon the induction as an experiment.
Avani Chaturvedi had said that she felt confident as all her instructors were very supportive. The three women shall undergo stage- III training for one year on Hawk advanced jet trainers in Bidar, Karnataka. After the training, the ladies will get to fly supersonic warplanes. Three of them have been asked to refrain from motherhood for the next four years.
The government had approved IAF’s plan to induct six female cadets as fighter pilots in October but only three were selected for the fighter stream. Manohar Parrikar had earlier said that the number of women who become a part of the armed forces will slowly increase.