IAF will have women fighter pilots: Naik

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Nagpur, Nov 25: Days after vice-president, Vice-Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal P K Barbora called women unfit as fighter pilots, Air Chief Marshal P V Naik said on Nov 24, that the Indian Air Force is having a high level discussion on entry of women fighter pilots.

"A careful and thought-out decision will be made, which will not be reversed. We do not want to go back on the decision once we make it," Naik said adding that the decision will involve entry of women in combat roles in all three roles.

Stating that women have proved their compatibility as fighter pilots by flying aircrafts like the IL-76 transport aircraft Naik said that IAF will have women fighter pilots.

"There will be women fighter pilots in the IAF too. After all, they have broken every other male bastion," he said.

The declaration was made in a two-day Commanders' conference of the Maintenance Command of the IAF.

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