Flash: Ministry of Defence Approves induction of women into the Fighter (Combat) Stream of #IAF. @manoharparrikar
— Sitanshu Kar (@SpokespersonMoD) October 24, 2015
The fact that a selection is being made in the current batch clearly indicates that arrangements have been in the works for a while now, with the IAF and MoD working together to roll-out the decision ahead of today’s formal announcement.
India’s current flight training regimen begins with basic propeller training on Pilatus PC-7 Mk.IIs, then moves onto the HAL Kiran Mk.II intermediate trainer (the fleet will be retired next year) and finally advanced flight training on Hawk 132 jets (the current batch will begin lead-in fighter training in June next year, with formal squadron inductions a year later).