The Indian shuttler P V Sindhu became the first Indian woman to do a sortie in the indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft,Tejas,at the Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru on Saturday.
“I am very happy about being the first woman to fly the Tejas. This day is dedicated for women. Hence I will remember this day forever,” she told reporters here after the 40 minute sortie.
Tejas, built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, is a single engine multi-role light fighter.
“It was definitely a great experience and a great opportunity. I feel very honoured that captain Siddharth showed me all the stunts,” she said.
Sindhu flied the Tejus as a co-pilot along with Siddharth.G-force stands for either the force of gravity on a particular extraterrestrial body or the force of acceleration anywhere.
It is measured in g’s, where 1 g is equal to the force of gravity at the Earth’s surface, which is 9.8 meters per second.
definitely they are doing a great job,” she said.
Three Indian Air Force women fighter pilots are also expected to fly the Hawk-I advanced jet trainer and an upgraded version of the MiG-21.
The army chief flew the sortie on February 21, a day after the HAL-made fighter jet received the Final Operational Clearance at the air show, signalling it was combat ready.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Principal scientific advisor to the Indian Government, Prof K Vijaya Raghavan, had also flown sorties on the Tejas
The Initial Operational Clearance was given in 2013 and IOC standard aircraft were inducted into IAF No.45 squadron in July 2016.
The Tejas will replace the aging Jaguar and Mig-21 fleet in the Indian Air Force