Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh on Friday became the first woman fighter pilot to qualify for missions by day on Hawk advanced jet aircraft.

Flt Lt Singh, who was among the first three women fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF), had joined the fighter stream in June 2016.

The other two women fighter pilots include Flt Lt Bhawana Kanth and Flt Lt Avani Chaturvedi.

According to India TV, Flt Lt Singh underwent strenuous training program involving both Air to Air combat and Air to Ground Missions including firing of rockets and dropping bombs.

She has clocked 500 hours of incident free flying, of which 380 hours Hawk Mk 132 jet.

A few days ago, Flt Lt Kanth became the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to qualify to undertake combat missions on a fighter jet.

Flt Lt Kanth will be undertaking combat missions on a Mig-21 Bison aircraft during day time.

“Flt Lt Bhawana Kanth adds another feather to her cap by completing Day Operational syllabus on MiG-21 Bison aircraft. She is the first woman fighter pilot to be qualified to undertake missions by day on a fighter aircraft,” the Indian Air Force’s official handle tweeted on 22 May.

 

 

The IAF officer is currently posted at the Nal base in Bikaner.