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In a remarkable display of gender diversity and operational prowess, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has significantly highlighted the role of women in military aviation at the ongoing  Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and aircraft based at Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.. This prestigious international combat exercise, which involves air forces from around the world, has seen an unprecedented participation of women pilots and ground crew from the IAF.

Squadron Leader Avani Chaturvedi, who became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet solo in 2018, represents a significant milestone in the IAF’s journey towards inclusivity. Her participation in Red Flag-Alaska, along with other women officers, marks another historic moment for the IAF. These women are not just participants but key players in the missions, flying advanced jets like the Sukhoi Su-30MKI and contributing to mission planning and execution.

Leading this charge is Squadron Leader Avani Chaturvedi, one of India’s first three women fighter pilots. She is joined by a cadre of skilled women officers who have broken through the traditionally male-dominated field of military aviation.

Their presence at Red Flag-Alaska is not just symbolic; it underscores the increasing opportunities and responsibilities that women in the IAF are assuming. The exercise involves complex aerial combat scenarios designed to provide realistic training for military aviators, thereby testing and honing their skills in a simulated combat environment.