1st IAF Woman Pilot To Be Part Of Wargames Abroad

| Updated: January 7, 2023 6:02 pm

Squadron leader Avani Chaturvedi of the Indian Air Force will be the first female fighter pilot to represent the country in the international aerial war games.

The exercise Veer Guardian 2023 will take place between January 16 and January 26 at the Hyakuri Air Base in Omitama, Japan, and its adjacent airspace, as well as the Iruma Air Base in Sayama. One of the first three female fighter pilots from India, Avani Chaturvedi, will soon leave for Japan to take part in the practice. Chaturvedi is a Su-30MKI pilot.

Squadron leader Bhavna Kanth, a classmate of Chaturvedi’s and one of the trio of first female fighter pilots in the service, described the Su-30MKIs used by the Indian Air Force as one of the best and most deadly platforms equipped with indigenous armament systems.

After being assigned to the fighter stream, Chaturvedi, flying officers Kanth and Mohana Singh, and others have become the most recognisable female faces in the IAF. Of India’s three defence forces, only the IAF permits female combatants. A dozen nations, including China and Pakistan, permit women to pilot fighter aircraft.

Chaturvedi was born in Madhya Pradesh, raised and completed her education. She graduated from Banasthali with a Bachelor of Technology degree (university). At the campus aviation school, Chaturvedi chose aviation as a supplementary subject.

Before being accepted into the IAF fighter squadron, Chaturvedi undertook six months of rigorous training at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Hyderabad.

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