New Delhi: Ministry of Defence today approved induction of women fighter pilots in Indian Air Force, said spokesperson Sitanshu Kar. During the the 83rd Air Force Day, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had said that “We have women pilots flying transport aircraft and helicopters, we are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women of India,”.
“I have no doubt that women will be able to overcome any physical limitations to become fighter pilots,” he had said. There are around 1,500 women in the Air Force, including 94 pilots and 14 navigators. Last month, women naval officers also scored this milestone. Till five years ago, women military officers were entitled only to a limited service span.