Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman undertakes sortie in Sukhoi
IAF's frontline combat jet Sukhoi
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today took off in the IAF's frontline combat jet Sukhoi 30 MKI from the air base in Jodhpur .
Country's first woman defence minister
The country's first woman defence minister sat in the rear seat behind the pilot and was wearing the pilot's G-suit.
Sortie lasted for 30 minutes
The sortie lasted 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
Sukoi-30 MKI is a nuclear-capable aircraft which can penetrate deep into enemy territory. The Sukhoi 30 MKI is a twin-engine fighter aircraft and has a two-seat cockpit.
Twinjet multirole air superiority fighter
It 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).
Recent stay on board INS Vikramaditya
After her recent stay on board INS Vikramaditya at sea, the sortie is a part of the defence minister's continued efforts to gauge and review the operational preparedness and combat capabilities of the armed forces.