The Indian Air Force gets two more women fighter pilots. On Saturday, two women fighter pilots: Flying Officer Shivangi Singh and Flying Officer Pratibha, were commissioned into the Indian Air Force after the combined graduation parade of pilots and ground duty officers at Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal near Hyderabad.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba reviewed the 200th pilot course of the Indian Air Force officers. In total 105 flight cadets were commissioned as pilots and ground duty officers. This time, 15 women officers, including two fighter pilots, passed out from the AFA after completing their training.
Now, the Indian Air Force will have five women fighter pilots Bhawna Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi, Mohana Singh, Shivangi Singh and Pratibha.
The present government ended the gender-based combat exclusion policy in October 2015 which was officially acknowledged by the IAF Chief at Indian Air Force Day.