FIRST WOMEN PILOT OF INDIAN NAVY
“The tides are turning for Indian women”
What’s in news?
- Sub Lieutenant Shivangi Swaroop became the first pilot in the Indian navy after qualifying as a Dornier pilot.
- Shivangi was commissioned into the Indian Navy last year after her initial training.
- Indian Navy’s first woman pilot born in the city of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, hails from an ordinary farmer’s family.
- As a 10-year-old, she was fascinated by a chopper pilot flying a politician to address a public rally at her native village Fatehabad in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, about 70 kms to the north-east of Patna. The little girl, who could not differentiate between a commercial plane and a defence aircraft, had then dreamt of being a pilot.
- Shivangi will fly the Dornier surveillance aircraft for maritime reconnaissance, search and rescue operations for the Indian Navy.
- Bhawna Kanth became the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force this year after qualifying all the required tests. Apart from Bhawna, Mohana Singh and Avni Chaturvedi also became fighter pilots. Also, the first batch of 100 women soldiers in the Indian Army will join in 2021. These women soldiers will be commissioned in the Indian Army Corps of Military Police.
About Dornier surveillance aircraft:
- Dornier (DO-228) aircraft are manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). HAL DO-228 aircraft is India’s lightweight maritime surveillance aircraft.
- It is a multi-role Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance (SRMR) aircraft, with twin engine manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd. (HAL),
- The aircraft can be used for electronic warfare missions, maritime surveillance, search and rescue and to provide targeting data to weapon platform.
- It is an important contribution towards indigenous development and self-reliance through ‘Make in India’, with state-of-the-art sensors and equipment including a glass cockpit, advanced surveillance radar, optical sensors and networking features.
- Already Navy’s Aviation branch had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as ‘observers’ in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons but there were no women in cockpit and now it has been achieved.
“Changing gender stereotypes and breaking glass ceilings in the sky”
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