Video: Defence minister Sitharaman undertakes sortie in Sukhoi 30 MKI

National | Jan. 17, 2018, 2:13 p.m.

Jodhpur, Jan 17: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today took off in the IAF s frontline combat jet Sukhoi 30 MKI from the air base here.

The country's first woman defence minister sat in the rear seat behind the pilot and was wearing the pilot s G-suit.

The sortie is likely to last for 30 minutes, defence sources said.

"She is reviewing the operational preparedness and combat capabilities," the sources said.

Sukoi-30 MKI is a nuclear-capable aircraft which can penetrate deep into enemy territory.


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