Women Pilots in IAF

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The strength of women officers serving the Indian Air Force (IAF) as on 01 September, 2020 is 1875 (One Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-Five).  Of these, 10 women officers are Fighter Pilots and 18 women officers are Navigators.

Ministry has received any proposal from IAF to induct women officers as fighter pilots.  After approval of Ministry of Defence, IAF commenced a Scheme for “Induction of Women SSC officers in Fighter Stream of Flying Branch” in 2016, under which 10 (Ten) women fighter pilots have been commissioned till date.

Women fighter pilots are inducted and deployed in IAF as per strategic needs and operational requirements within the laid down policy, which is reviewed from time to time.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in a written reply toDr. Vikas Mahatmein Rajya Sabha today.

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