Sitharaman is the first woman Defence Minister of India to fly a sortie in an
IAF Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
After her recent visit to
INS Vikramaditya, the aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, Raksha Mantri
Nirmala Sitharaman, on her visit to Air Force Station Jodhpur, took to the
skies in the formidable Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft of 31 Squadron. In her 45
minutes of sortie, she was demonstrated some of the unique characteristics and
strengths of this mighty twin engine Air Superiority Fighter (ASF).
She is the first woman
Defence Minister of India to fly a sortie in an IAF Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
The Raksha Mantri keeps
visiting various defence establishments to assess the operational efficiency
and defence preparedness of the forces. These visits go a long way in
motivating the defence personnel since they get the opportunity to interact
with the authority personally.
After her sortie on the multirole ASF, she
addressed and interacted with the Air Warriors of Air Force Station, Jodhpur
and congratulated them on their professionalism, high state of morale and
During the visit,the Raksha Mantri was also
briefed on employment of Air Power in the defence of our country.