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J & K’s Mawya Sudan, Twelfth Woman to Enter IAF Fighter Stream | India News


NEW DELHI: Flight Officer Mawya Sudan, a native of the village of Lamberi in the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, has become the 12th woman to be commissioned in the IAF fighter stream.
Commissioned at the combined graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal near Hyderabad after basic training on Saturday, Sudan will now undergo rigorous combat training for more than a year before it can become ‘fully operational’ as a fighter pilot and handle the complexities of combat. flying.
Flight Lieutenants Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth, and Mohana Singh were the first women to be commissioned as flight officers in the combat stream after basic training in June 2016.
Now, flying planes like MiG-21s, they have smashed the glass ceiling of the long-standing combat exclusion policy for women in the Indian armed forces.
The IAF currently has 11 female fighter pilots, who have undergone arduous training to fly supersonic aircraft. It takes around 15 million rupees to train a single fighter pilot.

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