Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes first woman combat pilot in Army

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On May 25, Captain Abhilasha Barak from Haryana became the first woman officer to join the Army Aviation Corps as a Combat Aviator.

  • She was awarded the prestigious wing along with 36 other Army pilots by the Director General of Army Aviation and the Colonel Commandant during a ceremony in Nashik.

  • About Captain Abhilasha Barak

  • She is an alumnus of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh. 

  • She completed her B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Delhi Technological University in 2016.

  • She joined his first job in Deloitte, USA.

  • In 2018, she was inducted into the Indian Army from the Officers Training Academy, Chennai.

  • While serving with the Corps of Army Air Defence, he was selected by President Ram Nath Kovind as a contingent commander for the presentation of colors for Army Air Defence.

  • After completing his training from Officers Training Academy, Chennai in 2018, she joined the Army Aviation Corps.

  • About Army Aviation Corps

  • Established on 1 November 1986, the Army Aviation Corps was first deployed in Jaffna in 1987 in India's fight against the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) in what is known as 'Operation Pawan'.

  • This corps flies Chetak and Cheetah helicopters developed by HAL.

  • Presently, this Corps and its helicopters are serving in high altitude areas like Siachen Glacier.

  • It is one of the youngest corps of the Indian Army and operates a fleet of helicopters like Chetak, Cheetah, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Dhruv and Rudra.

  • Apart from attack, these helicopters also play a major role in observation, reconnaissance operations, evacuation of casualties, drop of goods or relief material as well as relief and rescue operations.

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