Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article
Headlines
  • Russia planning development of VTOL jet :-The Russian Defence Ministry is currently in talks with aircraft manufacturers to discuss the development of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for a future aircraft carrier, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov has said....
  • Russia's UEC to repair engines of Malaysian Su-30 fighters:-The United Engine Corporation (UEC) has signed agreements at the MAKS 2017 international airshow to overhaul the AL-31FP turbojet engines mounted on Malaysian Air Force's Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighters....
  • Indian Army to get medium-range surface to air missile:-The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a pact with the Army for developing a medium-range surface to air missile (MRSAM) which will be capable of shooting down ballistic missiles and aircraft....
  • 'Kamov deliveries to start in 2 years after contract signing':-The delivery of Kamov military helicopters to India will begin within two years of the signing of the contract, according to a top Russian official who indicated that the number of choppers to be supplied could be increased to more than 200 in the future....

IAF's Sarang gets women officers

Article
Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

Indian Air Forces' helicopter display team 'Sarang' performs during the inauguration of the Aero India 2015 event at Yelhanka Air Base in Bengaluru on Wednesday. A PTI Photo

BENGALURU (PTI): Breaking yet another glass ceiling, two women officers have made their way into the IAF's much-heralded helicopter display team 'Sarang.'

Squadron Leader Deepika Misra and engineering officer Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Singh made their debut in the 'Aero India' air show here.

It was during her passing out parade at Air Force Academy in December 2006 that Deepika Misra, then a Flight Cadet, first fell in love with the aerobatic displays by the 'Surya Kirans' and 'Sarang', IAF's fixed-wing and rotary-wing aerobatic display teams respectively.

She imagined herself flying some day in either of the formation flying teams. Back then however, it seemed an impossible dream but she never gave up hope and prayed hard. She was commissioned in the helicopter stream and posted to a Chetak/Cheetah helicopter unit.

Women short service commissioned pilots were only permitted to fly these single engine helicopters then.

Deepika felt extremely lucky when in 2010, the IAF made a a major policy shift to allow conversion of women pilots to twin-engine category of medium to heavy-lift helicopters.

Having notched up nearly 1,600 hours on Chetak and Cheetah helicopters after her two stints at Bareilly and Udhampur, Deepika was more than ready when the opportunity came.

IAF had meanwhile also sought volunteers from amongst women helicopter pilots to join the Sarang Team.

She had no hesitation and promptly volunteered for the new challenge.

Deepika was among the first to be inducted into the indigenously-built Advanced Light Helicopter while a few others joined the Mi-8/Mi-17 class of helicopters. She joined the Sarang Unit last July. Her prayers were now answered.

In the process, she also became the first IAF woman pilot ever to join a formation display team, an official statement said.

Incdentally, Deepika's husband, Sqn Ldr Sourabh Kakkar, an aeronautical engineering officer was already posted to the Sarang unit and the couple would now be a team.

Deepika would not remain the only women officer in the Sarang outfit for long.

Flt Lt Sandeep, a lady engineering officer would soon join her in the Sarang unit.

Incidentally, 'Sarang' is the only second military helicopter display team in the world after 'Blue Eagles' - the British Royal Army Corps helicopter display team.

Having begun her conversion in right earnest, Sqn Ldr Deepika is nearing completion of her operational conversion before beginning her flying as a Sarang formation member.

Sarangs are the show-stoppers at the ongoing Aero India 2015.

For the present, Deepika is happy doing her role as the 'Safety Officer' of the team.

The two officers are hopeful that someday there will also be an all-women team in one of the ALH in the Sarang quartet.

As she steps out for her day's flying job, Deepika feels happy to tell Aalya, her bewildered four-year old daughter that she will look out for her from the sky.

Tags:

Aero India  IAF  Sarang  
Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

Pentagon asked to work with India in cyber and space operating

Expressing concern over the growing gap between the overarching goals of the Indo-US defence ties, a powerful Senate Committee has asked the Pentagon to work with India in cyber and space operating domain.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems

Headlines

Brahmand World Defence Update 2017

Image Gallery