Kochi: The Indian Navy is all set to get the first woman pilot for flying fixed-wing Dornier surveillance planes. The woman officer Sub Lieutenant Shivangi will join operational duties in Kochi on December 2.
Multi-role Dornier 228 is built indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is deployed for carrying out a short-range maritime reconnaissance mission.
Dornier 228 is installed with state-of-the-art sensors and equipment along with advanced surveillance radar, electronic sensors and networking features. It gives an advantage to maintain dominance in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
Last year, the Ministry of Defence decided to induct women as sailors in the Indian Navy. As per the reports, women will be enrolled as non-officer cadre.