India is represented by three tri-service women military officials at the World Defence Show 2024 in Riyadh. Squadron Leader Bhawana Kanth, Colonel Ponung Doming, and Lt Commander Annu Prakash are participating in the various seminars of the WDS 2024, especially in the International Women in Defence-themed events. Starting on February 4, the five-day event highlights cutting-edge defence technology and fosters international collaboration among participating companies.
“The participation of these three exceptional women officers at the World Defence Show served as a testament to the growing role of Indian women in the defence landscape,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
Squadron Leader Kanth, a distinguished fighter pilot, assumed a prominent role on Wednesday as a panelist at a seminar titled ‘International Women in Defence – Investing in an Inclusive Future,’ hosted by Saudi Ambassador to the US, Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud. Squadron Leader Kanth captivated the audience by sharing her remarkable journey of breaking barriers and navigating the skies. Notably, she made history as the first woman fighter pilot to participate in the Republic Day Parade (2021). Her insights on leadership, resilience, and the evolving role of women in modern warfare deeply resonated with the diverse audiences, leaving a lasting impression, the Ministry said.
Colonel Doming has achieved a significant milestone as the first woman officer to lead the world’s highest border task force, situated above 15,000 feet in the Northern sector. With over 20 years of dedicated service, she has earned numerous accolades, including several firsts. Renowned as an engineering officer, Colonel Doming has consistently excelled in tackling demanding assignments, positioning her at the forefront of challenging missions, the Ministry noted.
During the World Defence Show, Lt Commander Prakash of the Indian Navy showcased her expertise in maritime security and operations, emphasising the vital contribution of women in safeguarding India’s extensive coastline and maintaining regional stability, as highlighted in a statement by the ministry. The trio are slated to share their extraordinary journey during a talk scheduled at the International Indian School in Riyadh on Thursday.
The event provides a platform to showcase the diverse talents and leadership abilities of Indian women in uniform, inspiring future generations to pursue their aspirations and break new ground. WDS 2024 will conclude on 8 February. Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt visited Riyadh as the leader of the Indian delegation for the show.