"Captain Barak became the first woman officer"
Captain Abhilasha Barak has become the first female Combat Aviator in the Indian Army.
The 26-year-old from Haryana was awarded the coveted ‘Wing’ along with 36 Army pilots during a ceremony held at the Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik.
On social media, the Army called it a “Golden Letter Day in the history of Indian aviation”.
Fifteen female officers had expressed their interest in joining Army Aviation.
But only two officers were selected after the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test and Medical. Both officers were trained at the Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik.
An official said: “Captain Barak became the first woman officer to join the Army Aviation Corps as a Combat Aviator after successful completion of the combat Army aviation course.”
The Army Aviation Corps is a component that was formed in 1986.
The corps has expanded exponentially with the addition of new units and state of the alt equipment like Cheetah Dhruv, Rudra light combat helicopter, and remotely piloted aircraft.
The three services have gradually opened up key postings for women in the last few years.
In 2018, flying officer Avani Chaturvedi of the Indian Air Force scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. She flew a MiG-21 bison on her first solo flight.
Chaturvedi was part of a three-member women team commissioned as flying officers in July 2016, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis.
In 2020, the Navy announced deploying its first batch of women pilots on the Dornier maritime aircraft.
In a significant move in 2019, the Army began the process of inducting women into the military police.
The role of the military police includes policing cantonments and army establishments, preventing breaches of rules and regulations by soldiers, and maintaining the movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war.
Captain Abhilasha Barak is the daughter of Colonel Om Singh and she was commissioned into the Army Air Defence Corps in September 2018.
She graduated from Delhi Technological University in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
Captain Barak also secured a placement at Deloitte, USA.
During her time with the Corps of Army Air Defence, Barak was selected as a Contingent Commander for Presentation of Colours to Army Air Defence by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Her other accomplishments include a number of professional military courses before joining the Army Aviation Corps.