IAF team in France exercise includes Shivangi Singh, India’s first woman Rafale pilot
Shivangi Singh, the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to fly the Rafale fighter jet, is set to participate in the multinational Exercise Orion, which will be held in France.
Fighter Pilot, Lieutenant Shivangi Singh (Image Source – GNT)
Shivangi Singh, the first female pilot of the Indian Air Force to fly the Rafale fighter jet, will be a part of the IAF team that is scheduled to take part in the multinational Exercise Orion to be held in France. As the first woman fighter pilot in the Rafale squadron, she is poised to make history by piloting the multi-role air dominance aircraft.
Commissioned into the IAF’s second batch of women fighter pilots in 2017, Shivangi has previously flown the MiG-21 Bison aircraft. Her selection as a Rafale pilot represents a significant milestone for gender equality in the Indian armed forces.
India’s first female Rafale pilot Shivangi Singh will join the IAF team in France for Exercise Orion. (Image Source – India Today)
Shivangi Singh, who hails from Varanasi, is presently undergoing conversion training and is expected to join the Golden Arrows squadron of the Indian Air Force stationed in Ambala, Haryana. Upon completing her training, she will be one of the first female pilots to fly the Rafale with the Golden Arrows squadron.
Shivangi’s selection as a Rafale pilot in 2020 came after a rigorous selection process. She made history by becoming the first woman fighter pilot to fly the Rafale, a feat that showcases the growing inclusivity of women in the Indian armed forces.