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Friday, January 22, 2021

Bhavna Kant to be the first woman fighter pilot to attend the Republic Day parade

Flight Lieutenant Bhawna Kant is to become the first female fighter pilot to participate in the Republic Day Parade . Bhavna will showcase indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, Light Combat Helicopters Rudra, Rohini Radar and BrahMos in the IAF Tableau.

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan posted a congratulatory tweet and called the moment a "ray of empowered women led new India".

Bhavana, currently stationed at Rajasthan Airbase and commissioned in the MiG-21 Bison Fighter Plane. She is shattering the glass ceiling during her journey in the armed forces, and is no stranger to being the first.

In 2016, Bhavna, Avni Chaturvedi, and Mohana Singh were the first three women to be made fighter pilots by the then Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar. Pleased with the first batch of women fighter pilots, she completed the Day Operational Syllabus on the MiG-21 Bison Aircraft in 2019.

Bhavna, the daughter of an engineer, grew up in Darbhanga, Bihar and completed her schooling from Barauni Refinery DAV Public School. He graduated in medical electronics from BMS College of Engineering in Bengaluru before joining Fighter Squadron in 2017. 

Bhavna said during a conversation with PM Modi, "I am from a middle-class family and never knew that women were not allowed to become fighter pilots. I have realized that fighter pilots are nothing to me because I am a girl and grew up as a child. ” 

In 2015, the role of women in the military sector in India has increased considerably after the Narendra Modi government approved to participate in frontline roles. However, some areas such as warships and tanks are still off-limits. 

The upcoming Republic Day will be celebrated without a foreign national honor for the first time since 1950. With the opportunity around the corner, it is worth noting that Captain Tania Shergill became the first parade assistant for the occasion last year.

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