IAF’s Rafale fleet to have first lady pilot quickly

 New Delhi, September 21

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

The lady pilot is present process coaching to fly Rafale plane, they stated.

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

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

Last week, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik informed Parliament that girls 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 12 months. 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 geared up with the primary jet fighter, the legendary De Havilland Vampire.

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

Ten Rafale jets have been delivered to India thus far 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 tip of 2021.

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

The Rafale jets are India’s first main acquisition of fighter planes in 23 12 months after the Sukhoi jets have been imported from Russia.

The first batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, almost 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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