Watch: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman flies Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India Jan 17, 2018, 08.33 AM (IST)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today took off in the IAF's frontline combat jet Sukhoi 30 MKI 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. 

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

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

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The Sukhoi 30 MKI is a twin-engine fighter aircraft with a two-seat cockpit.   

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