New Delhi, October 25: In a giant move taken by the Defence Ministry of India for enrolling women in the role of fighter pilot role, the government has set a date of June 2016 for the selection of first batch of women pilots.
For women aspirants there are only eight months left who are undergoing flying training at Air Force Academy.
Observers belive that the move will help the Indian defence to follow the standards of the armed forces of other developed nations.
According to the statement issued by the ministry of defence, “The first women pilot would be selected from the present batch of women who are undergoing flying training at Air Force Academy. After the completion they will be commissioned in the fighter straem in June 2016. From there they had to undergo for advanced training for one year and will enter the cockpit in June 2017”. Read Also: (Indian Air Force to induct women as fighter pilots from 2016, Defence Ministry approves proposal)
On October 8, IAF chief Arup Raha announced that the present administration is considering to combat flying roles of women. After which defence minister Manohar Parikar had a meeting with the three services chiefs earlier this week and on saturday it was finally declared.
Mod in a statement said, that the role of women pilot’s during induction into the transport and helicopter streams has been praiseworthy and on par with their male counterparts.
After the move, the Army and the Navy has so far shown no inclination for allowing women in combat roles. Their current roles roles in all three services are restricted to administrative, education and medical branches.
Accourding to a source who was quoted in a newspaper, Manohar Parikar had asked all the three services to seperately list out a detailed roadmap of recruiting women in combat roles.
The IAF currently has about 1,500 women on its rolls of which 94 are pilots and 14 navigators assigned to transport aircraft fleet.