Bengaluru, June 10: Continuing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to empower women in all sectors, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is taking NDA government's Naari Shakthi mantra to next level by commissioning three women pilots into the fighter stream.
As reported by OneIndia earlier, Flying Cadets Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi will script a new chapter in IAF's inspiring history when they would walk into the fighter stream of the flying branch on June 18 at the Air Force Academy (AFA) in Dundigal, near Hyderabad.
Ministry of Defence officials said on Friday that the event would be part of the Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) being held at AFA on June 18.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, will review the Passing out Parade and confer the President's Commission to 129 graduating trainees of various branches, including 22 women trainees.
Parrikar will also present the 'Wings and Brevets' to the newly-commissioned officers of the Flying branch.
The minister would interact with graduating trainees and their parents on June 17.
The three women cadets getting commissioned into the fighter stream would proceed to Bidar in Karnataka for their next level of training on Hawks.
"The Stage-III training would take them closer to fighters, which they would eventually fly next year," says an IAF official.