Captain Abhilasha Barak Became the First Woman Officer to Join the Army Aviation Corps as Combat Aviator

PERSON AND PLACES

After successful completion of six-month-long training, Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes the first woman officer to join Army Aviation Corps as Combat Aviator. The training was given at the Combat Army Aviation Training School, Nashik.

She has been awarded the Coveted Wings along with 36 Army Pilots by Director General and Colonel Commandant Army Aviation. 

Currently, women are given the responsibility of air traffic control and ground duty in the Aviation Department. Out of Fifteen women officers who desired to join Army Aviation Corps, only two officers were selected after completion of the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test and Medical examination.

In 2018, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Indian Army Aviation Corps was established in November 1986, which flies Chetak, Cheetah, and Dhruv helicopters and forms the lifeline for troops guarding the Siachen glacier and other inaccessible forward posts along the Indian borders.  The helicopters are used for reconnaissance along with medical evacuation and disaster relief.

Capt. Barak hails from Haryana and was commissioned into the Army Air Defence Corps in September 2018. 

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes the first woman officer to join Army Aviation Corps as Combat Aviator.
  • She has been awarded the Coveted Wings along with 36 Army Pilots by Director General and Colonel Commandant Army Aviation. 
  • The training was given at the Combat Army Aviation Training School, Nashik.
  • Currently, women are given the responsibility of air traffic control and ground duty in the Aviation Department. 
  • In 2018, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

   Facts to know:

  • The Indian Army Aviation Corps was established on 1st November 1986.
  • Directo-General of Army Aviation Corps: Lt. Gen. Ajay Kumar Suri.
  • Army Aviation Corps operates HAL Cheetah, Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv, weaponized ALH Rudra, and Light Combat Helicopter.
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