Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 19
Four years after the Ministry of Defence accredited induction of girls as fighter pilots into the Indian Air Force, their power has gone as much as 10, the Ministry of Defence informed Parliament on Saturday.
“The strength of women officers serving the IAF as on September 1, 2020, is 1,875. Of these, 10 women officers are fighter pilots and 18 women officers are navigators,” Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik stated in a written reply to Dr Vikas Mahatme within the Rajya Sabha.
After approval from the ministry, IAF launched a scheme for induction of girls quick service fee officers into the fighter stream of the Flying Branch in 2016, underneath which 10 girls fighter pilots have been commissioned until date.
Women fighter pilots are inducted and deployed in IAF as per strategic wants and operational necessities throughout the laid down coverage, which is reviewed now and again, Naik added.
Earlier this month, in an announcement made earlier than the Delhi High Court whereas rebutting the depiction of its work tradition within the Netflix film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, the IAF had talked about that along with the fighter pilots, it had 51 transport pilots and 50 helicopter pilots.
The first batch of IAF girls fighter pilots comprised Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi. Besides the Flying Branch, IAF girls officers serve in a number of different branches together with air site visitors and fighter management, engineering, administration, logistics and authorized. Till the IAF opened its doorways to girls officers in 1991, girls had been serving solely within the medical department.