India’s Enemies Beware, Tejaswi’s Here

Flight Lieutenant Tejaswi Ranga Rao — the Indian Air Force’s first woman Sukhoi Su-30 Weapon System Operator — has been posted at the IAF’s Tezpur airbase in Sonitpur, Assam.

The WSOs are the specialised officers who accompany fighter pilots on the multirole Su-30 fighter aircraft to control its sensors and armaments to fire at hostile targets.

“There’ve been brilliant women before who broke the glass ceiling and paved the way for us to achieve our dreams…our pilots in the eastern sector are ready to respond to any eventuality,” the flight lieutenant told ANI.



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