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In A First, Woman Pilot To Join Rafale Fighter Fleet; Two Others To Fly Warship Choppers

Women Officers To Operate Helicopters From Indian Navy Warships; AIF Woman Pilot To Join Rafale Fleet

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In a historic development, the Indian Navy has shortlisted two woman officers. They will be joining as ‘Observers’ (Airborne Tacticians) in the Indian Navy’s helicopter stream. Also, a woman fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force is likely to join the Golden Arrows squadron. She will be operating the newly inducted Rafale Jet.

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As per ABP report, Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Kumudini Tyagi and SLt Riti Singh would be the first woman air combatants to stay on and operate from the deck of a ship.

Earlier, entry of women was restricted to the fixed-wing aircraft that took off and landed ashore. However, the recent decision has come out as a landmark occasion. Women will now be trained in helicopter operations for the first time.

In another first, we have a woman officer being inducted in Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’.

As per PTI reports, the woman pilot is undergoing intensive training to join the fleet. The pilot has been flying the MiG-21 fighters and was selected for the Rafale fleet following an internal process.

Also Read: Rafale fighter jets inducted into Indian Air Force Golden Arrow Squadron

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