Mavya Sudan, the first woman IAF fighter pilot from Jammu and Kashmir


Guwahati:  Mavya Sudan a 23-year-old girl, from the Rajouri district of Jammu-Kashmir, has created history.

She has become the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a fighter pilot .

Mavya passed the Air Force entrance exam last year. She has become the first woman officer in the state to join the IAF as the 12th woman officer and fighter pilot.

Mavya Sudan was the only woman fighter pilot in the passing out parade held at The Dundigal Air Force Academy in Hyderabad on Saturday. She has been appointed as a Flying Officer in the Air Force.

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria reviewed the Joint Graduate Passing Out Parade held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad on Saturday. 

Expressing happiness Vinod Suda Mavya’s father said that he is proud of her daughter.

He also added that from now she is not only their’s daughter but also the daughter of the country. 

Mavya’s mother Sushma Sudan expressed happiness and said, ‘My chest has widened with pride. I’m very happy today. My daughter has reaped the fruits of her hard work. Mavya has raised our value’.

Mavya’s sister said that Mavya always wanted to join the Air Force since school days, and today her dreams have come true.

Mavya Sudan will now undergo rigorous combat training for more than a year before ‘fully operating’ as a fighter pilot and handling the intricacies of combat. Flight Lieutenants Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawna Kanth and Mohana Singh were the first women to join the fighter stream as flying officers after basic training in June 2016.
The IAF currently has 11 women fighter pilots who have undergone rigorous training to fly supersonic jets. It takes about 15 crores to train a fighter pilot.