Indian Navy Shortlists Two Female Officers As Crew For Helicopters

Indian Air Force also reportedly training woman pilot for flying Rafale.

Sohil Nikam

September 22, 2020

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The Indian Navy has announced that it has shortlisted two woman officers as the crew for flying helicopters aboard its ships. When deployed, they will become the first woman air combatants to stay on and operate from the deck of a ship. Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force has also apparently picked a woman pilot to be inducted into the Ambala-based 17 Squadron that has recently been equipped with the Rafale fighter jets.

The Indian Navy awarded Sub Lt Singh and Sub Lt Tyagi with their golden wings along with other officers of the 22nd Short Service Course in a ceremony at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi. According to sources, they will now be trained onboard Medium Role Helicopters. The woman Indian Air Force pilot who has been chosen to fly the Rafale is experienced with flying the MiG-21 Bison. She is reportedly undergoing conversion training since August. Her name has been withheld for operational reasons.

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