Captain Abhilasha Barak became the first woman officer to join the Army Aviation Corps as a combat aviator. The office of ADGPI shared a post on social media related to the ceremony where she is being presented with the Wingwith a photo caption reading: “Golden letter day in the history of Indian Army aviation. Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes the first woman officer to join Army Aviation Corps as Combat Aviator after successful completion oftraining.”
In 2021, the then Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that women will be inducted as pilots in the Army Aviation Corps from 2022. He further informed that women pilots would be flying helicopters to forward locations and would also be part of operations at the borders.

The helicopters are used mostly for observation, casualty evacuation, reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, and essential load drops. At times these machines also carry out evacuation of injured troops during operations or health emergencies especially in high altitude areas.
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