Women to be inducted as fighter pilots, Modi salutes Air Force personnel


New Delhi: Women would soon be inducted as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said here on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the Indian Air Force Personnel, saying that their contribution was monumental for the country.

“We have women pilots flying transport aircrafts and helicopters, we are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women of India,” Raha said at the 83rd Air Force Day parade.

The event was held at Hindon Air Force base.

“I salute our air force personnel on Air Force Day. They have always served India with great courage and determination,” Modi said in a statement.

“Contribution of our Air Force is monumental. They are always at the forefront, be it in protecting skies or in times of disasters,” the statement added.

According to officials, there are around 300 women pilots in the Indian Air Force.