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For First Time IAF Inducts 3 Women Fighter Pilots in the History [ Current News (Concise) ]


By inducting 3 women fighter pilots the Indian Air Force (IAF) created history and these three women fighter pilots are Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chatuvedi and Mohana Singh. The official commissioned of these three women’s as fighter pilots in the IAF was announced in presence of Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a ceremony held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad.

IAF Inducts 3 Women Fighter Pilots

IAF Inducts 3 Women Fighter Pilots

IAF Inducts 3 Women Fighter Pilots

Key Facts

1. Avani Chaturvedi:

  • She belongs to Satna district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • She had completed her schooling from Adarsh School in Rewa and BTech in Computer Science (CS) from Banasthali University, Jaipur.

2. Bhawana Kanth:

  • She belongs to the refinery township of Begusarai, Bihar.
  • She had completed her schooling from Barauni Refinery DAV Public School and BE in Medical Electronics from BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru.

3. Mohana Singh:

  • She was born in Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan.
  • She had completed her schooling from Air Force School, New Delhi and B. Tech in Electronics & Communication from Global Institute of Management and Emerging Technologies, Amritsar.


  • The Union Government had definite to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis for five years in October 2015.
  • After all of them cleared the first stage of training in the three stages process these three women fighter pilots were inducted in IAF.
  • And they have about 150 hours of flying and in the second stage, they will begin advanced training on advanced jet trainer Hawks at Bidar in Karnataka.
  • Before they actually get into the cockpit of a supersonic fighter in the third stage it will add 145 hours of flying.


  • In 1991 Women pilots were first included in IAF for choppers and transport aircrafts.
  • In the Indian Army and the Indian Navy combat roles for women are still off limits due to a combination of operational concerns and logistical constraints at current time.

- Published on: June 20, 2016