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On February 1, 2022, defence minister Rajnath Singh announced government’s decision to convert experimental scheme of inducting women as fighter pilots into a permanent one.
This move was announced at a time when new doors have been opened for women in the armed forces. Indian Navy is going ahead with a plan to provide women opportunities to serve warships, with their male counterparts. Indian Army has also allowed women to fly helicopters. They are now eligible for permanent commission. Furthermore, the National Defence Academy is set to induct first batch of women cadets in June 2022. The Supreme Court had pronounced to open doors of this academy to women in October 2021.
Women Pilots in IAF
The women pilots of IAF are operating the Rafale, MiG-21s, Sukhoi-30s and MiG-29 fighters. Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh is India’s first Rafale pilot. She was part of the IAF tableau, which was featured in the Republic Day parade 2022.
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