01-Dec-2023
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Captain Abhilasha Barak is India’s first woman combat aviator!

Women are touching new dimensions day by day. They are making their presence felt in every field. Women are looking for new opportunities in every area of work and creating history. The Indian Army’s Aviation Corps built one such performance, and Captain Abhilasha Barak became synonymous with history. Abhilasha Barak became the first female ‘Combat Aviator’ in the Army Aviation Crops after completing the Combat Army Aviation Course. The Director General and Colonel Commandant of Army Aviation awarded Abhilasha Barak, along with 36 other Army pilots, the Distinguished Wings at a ceremony in Nasik.

The Indian Army ADGPI shared the pictures from the ceremony and wrote, “These young aviators are now ready to spread their wings in the Combat Aviation Squadron.” The Indian Army ADGPI shared the pictures from the ceremony and wrote, “These young aviators are now ready to spread their wings in the Combat Aviation Squadron. Captain Abhilasha Barak, from Panchkula district, Haryana, joined the Army Aviation Corps in September 2018. Till now she has done many professional military courses. Like his other pilot colleagues, she has completed six months to become a combat aviator. In the coming days, it will help the Army as a force multiplier in the tactical importance of the Aviation Corps.


The Army Aviation Corps was established in the year 1986. Over the years, the Corps has strengthened its position with advanced equipment like Cheetah, Dhruva, Rudra, LCH and Remotely Piloted Aircraft. The helicopters of the Aviation Corps are responsible for delivering food, ration, weapons and other essential items to the soldiers posted at the last post of the Army. These are such outposts which cannot be reached by road. Captain Abhilasha is an alumnus of the prestigious Lawrence School, Sanawar. She graduated from Delhi Technological University in 2016 with B Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering. She has also worked at Deloitte, USA company.


In an interview shared by the Indian Army, Abhilasha says, “Growing up in an army cantonment and always being close to the uniform, I used to find this very routine. But in 2011, when my father retired, and our family moved out of the army lifestyle, I realized its specialness. After this, in 2013, while watching the passing out parade of my elder brother at the Indian Military Academy, I felt stronger. Along with this, I also realized what I wanted to do in life.

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