Women will soon fly fighter jets

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Thursday said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to induct women into its fighter stream. Raha in his address on the occasion of 83rd Air Force day said that the IAF has mooted a proposal to the defence ministry and is expected to be cleared within a year. The proposal once cleared may take about three years of training for women to actually fly fighter jets. Raha’s announcement comes on the backdrop of his own statement last year when he had said that women are physically not suitable to take on fighter roles.