Meet India’s first woman Rafale fighter pilot

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new Delhi: India’s first female Rafale fighter jet pilot, Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh, on Tuesday said she has trained like her male colleagues as the machines do not differentiate between genders.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Singh of 17 Squadron based at Ambala said that the experience of becoming a fighter pilot has been a thrilling and satisfying experience.

“Combat training was tough. High-end technology absorption required that I worked hard. I’ve been trained just like my other male colleagues. The machine doesn’t recognize gender, it acts according to a given tile input I think it’s hard work pays rich dividends,” she said.

Shivangi Singh has the distinction of being selected as the first woman fighter pilot on Rafale aircraft. The Rafale arrived in the defense forces from France in 2020 and is considered to be the most powerful fighter aircraft in its class in the entire Asian region.

Singh said that he has always received good support from fellow officers, men and women alike. “Yes, being a fighter pilot makes me proud and I will try to do my best for the country,” she said.

Speaking about his life before joining the Indian Air Force, Singh said that he hails from Varanasi and as a National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadet, represented the country in the foreign exchange program in Bangladesh.

“I have played basketball till the national level and represented my state in javelin throw. It has been an exciting journey so far,” she said.

Notably, Singh was part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) tableau during the 73rd Republic Day parade. She is the only second woman fighter jet pilot to be a part of the IAF’s tableau. (ANI)

First published:March 9, 2022, 1:29 am

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