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WATCH VIDEO: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman undertakes sortie in IAF's Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet from Jodhpur air base

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

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Jodhpur [ Updated: January 17, 2018 14:24 IST ]
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman undertakes sortie in
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman undertakes sortie in Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday took off in the Indian Air Force's (IAF) frontline aircraft Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet from the Jodhpur air base.

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.

The Sukhoi-30 MKI is a twinjet multirole air superiority fighter developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built under licence by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force (IAF). A variant of the Sukhoi Su-30, it is a heavy, all-weather, long-range fighter.

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