IAF’s Rafale fleet to have first girl pilot quickly

 New Delhi, September 21

A girl fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force will quickly be part of the Golden Arrows squadron working the newly-inducted Rafale fighter jets, official sources mentioned on Monday.

The girl pilot is present process coaching to fly Rafale plane, they mentioned.

She has been flying MiG-21 fighters and was chosen for the Rafale fleet following an inside course of, the sources mentioned.

At current, the IAF has 10 ladies fighter pilots and 18 ladies navigators. The whole power of girls officers serving within the IAF is 1,875.

Last week, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik instructed Parliament that ladies fighter pilots are inducted and deployed in IAF as per strategic wants and operational necessities.

The Golden Arrows squadron of the IAF was resurrected on September 10 final yr. The squadron was initially raised at Air Force station, Ambala on Oct 1 1951. The squadron has many firsts to its credit score; in 1955 it was outfitted with the primary jet fighter, the legendary De Havilland Vampire.

Five French-made multirole Rafale fighter jets had been inducted into the Indian Air Force on September 10 on the Ambala air power base.

Ten Rafale jets have been delivered to India to this point and 5 of them stayed again in France for imparting coaching to IAF pilots. The supply of all 36 plane is scheduled to be accomplished by the top of 2021.

A second batch of 4 to 5 Rafale jets are prone to arrive in India by November.

The Rafale jets are India’s first main acquisition of fighter planes in 23 yr after the Sukhoi jets had been imported from Russia.

The first batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, practically 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France to acquire 36 of the plane at a price of Rs 59,000 crore. PTI

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