Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh on Tuesday became the first woman fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Rafale squadron “Golden Arrows”. Flt Lt Shivangi Singh was commissioned into the IAF in 2017. She was part of the the IAF’s second batch of women fighter pilots. Flt Lt Singh is currently undergoing conversion training, and will become part of Squadron no. 17, which is based in Ambala, reported India Today. New Era for Indian Defence Forces – IAF gets two more women fighter pilots.
The woman fighter pilot has been flying MiG-21 Bisons since her commissioning in 2017. According to the report, Flt Lt Singh, has arrived in Ambala from a border base in Rajasthan. She has also flown alongside Vir Chakra recipient Wing Commander for shooting Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet in February 2019. In A First, Indian Navy Women Officers Sub-lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub-lieutenant Riti Singh to Operate Helicopters From Warships.
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Flt Lt Singh, who hailed from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, joined the Air Force Academy in 2016 after completing her education from Banaras Hindu University (BHU). She was also part of National Cadet Corps (NCC). Aanchal Gangwal, Daughter of Tea Seller in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch, Commissioned Into IAF As Flying Officer.
Notably, the first batch of Dassault Aviation’s Rafale jets arrived from France in India at Ambala Airbase on July 29. These fighter jets were formally inducted into IAF’s “Golden Arrows” squadron on September 10. The Rafale Jets will be deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh amid border dispute with China. Recently, Rafale jets also conducted “familarisation” sorties over the area.
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