New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that the decision of providing permanent induction of women as fighter pilots will be taken in a year.
Parrikar also informed that currently three women have been selected for the Stage-II training of the fighter pilots. However, these candidates have been selected for a short service in order to ascertain the problems that could be faced and to tackle them before the women are hired on a permanent basis.
The Defence Minister also informed that men and women both undergo the same type of jungle and snow survival training to make them fit for the job.
Talking about the shortage of pilots, Parrikar informed that the flying branch was short of 550 pilots in 2010 which came down to 164 by February 2016.
Encouraging the employment of women fighter pilots, Parrikar also said that such a gender-neutral approach will definitely help in decreasing the shortfall and might even wipe out the dearth completely in the next 2 years.