India’s first woman Rafale jet pilot takes part in the Republic Day Air Force Tableau; Details

On Republic Day, a parade was conducted with the Indian Air Force tableau where the country’s first female Rafale jet pilot Shivangi Singh was part of it. The Indian Airforce displayed its tableau during the parade, along with the Flypast on January 26.  The tableau also showcased models of MiG-21, Gnat, Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Aslesha radar, and Rafale aircraft.

This time, the IAF tableau was based on the theme and it was the ‘Indian Air Force transforming for the future. Scaled-down models of Rafale fighter jet indigenously developed light combat helicopter (LCH) and 3D surveillance radar Aslesha MK-1 were part of the float, News18 reported.

Shivangi Singh

Shivangi who took part in the parade is only the second woman fighter jet pilot to be part of the IAF tableau. Shivangi Singh is from Varanasi city in Uttar Pradesh state and joined the IAF in 2017. She flew the MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft before flying the Rafale. Flag Lt Shivangi Singh is part of the IAF’s Golden Arrows squadron based in Ambala in India’s Punjab state.

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Meanwhile, in the previous year, Flight Lieutenant Bhawna Kanth became the first female fighter jet pilot to be part of the IAF tableau. Moreover, in India, the first set of Rafale fighter jets’ arrived in the year 2020, after signing the inter-government agreement with France. The agreement was at a cost of 59000 crores in which it announced to procure 36 aircraft in total. However,  32 Rafale jets have been delivered to the IAF and four are expected by April 2022.