As part of an Official announcement, Indian Air Force Chief Arup Raha, on Thursday stated that women will included as part of military pilots soon.
Presiding over 83rd IAF Day celebrations, Raha said, “We have women pilots flying transport aircraft and helicopter. We are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspiration of young women of India.”
Recent announcement can be considered as major barrier which can uplift glass ceiling on women pilot selection into IAF. Recently a year ago Air Chief Raha had rejected the intent of women as fighter pilots as they might not physically suit to fly war planes, particularly in situations when they are pregnant and have other health concerns. Mean while no one has previously tainted capabilities of women pilots. Many women pilots have exhibited similar skill sets as male personnel in rescue and combat situations.
Some of them have even flown fights of A 32 flying machine to Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh, the world’s most noteworthy propelled landing ground at 16,500-feet, and also IL-76 substantial lift War ship to Leh. Additionally, Squadron Leader Deepika Misra has recently raged into a wildly male bastion by joining the helicopter showcase group ‘Sarang’. Time has finally come for women to grab an opportunity to take off high, as many men personnel are capable.