Defence Ministry clears induction of women as fighter pilots

New Delhi, Oct. 24 (ANI): The Ministry of Defence has approved the induction of women into the Fighter (Combat) stream of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The Ministry said in a statement that such a progressive step was taken considering aspirations of Indian women. It further said that the performance of women has been praiseworthy and on a par with their male counterparts since their induction into the transport and helicopter streams of the IAF.

Inducting women into the fighter stream would provide them with an equal opportunity to prove their mettle in combat roles as well, the statement added.

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.

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 to give them the space which they deserve in the Armed Forces of the country. (ANI)

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