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India’s First woman to fly Rafale

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Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh to be India’s first woman pilot to fly Rafale fleet.

Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh will become the India’s first woman pilot to fly the Rafale, the multi-role fighter aircraft after finishing her conversion training.

Commissioned into the Indian Air Force in 2017 as part of the second batch of women fighter pilots, Singh currently flies the force’s oldest jet MiG-21 Bison.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was Singh’s flying instructor, sources told .

Shivangi Singh, who hails from Varanasi, is currently undergoing conversion training to fly the Rafale jet and will soon join the Ambala-based No. 17 squadron, also known as “Golden Arrows.”

Role of Women in IAF

India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016. The air force formally inducted the planes at the Ambala air base on September 10 though they landed at their home base on July 29.

The next batch of three to four Rafale jets is expected to reach Ambala from France in October followed by a third batch in December. All deliveries will be completed by the end of 2021.

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