Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes Indian Army’s first woman combat aviator

She and 36 other army pilots were awarded “wings” by Army Aviation Director General Lieutenant General Ajay Kumar Suri. She completed a year-long course at the Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik, Maharashtra, the army said.

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Captain Abhilasha Barak became the first woman to join the Army Aviation Corps as a helicopter pilot on Wednesday. Which is thirty years after India began inducting women as officers in the armed forces. She completed a year-long course at the Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik, Maharashtra, the army said.

During a valedictory ceremony at the Nashik-based training school, she and 36 other army pilots were awarded “wings” by Army Aviation Director General Lieutenant General Ajay Kumar Suri. According to officials familiar with the situation, Captain Barak has been assigned to the second flight of the 2072 Army Aviation Squadron, which operates the Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH).

Captain Barak became the army’s first female combat aviator at a time. When the National Defence Academy is set to admit its first female cadets in June 2022. In a landmark order issued in October 2021, the Supreme Court opened the academy’s doors to women. They are now qualified for permanent commission as well.

Captain Abhilasha: army’s first female combat aviator

While women officers in the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy have long flown helicopters, the army decided in early 2021 to allow them to join its aviation wing. Women officers were previously only assigned to ground duties in army aviation.

Captain Barak is a Haryana native and the daughter of a retired colonel. Thus, in September 2018, she was commissioned into the Army Air Defence Corps.

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