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. Smt @nsitharaman takes off on the Su-30 MKI #RakshaMantrifliesSukhoi pic.twitter.com/xC51hjeCSa — Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) January 17, 2018 × The sortie is likely to last for 30 minutes, defence sources said. #WATCH Jodhpur: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gives a thumbs-up as she takes off for a sortie in the Sukhoi-30 MKI. pic.twitter.com/aWGr9LtYw3 — ANI (@ANI) January 17, 2018 × "She is reviewing the operational preparedness and combat capabilities," the sources said. Jodhpur: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the cockpit of the Sukhoi-30 MKI, before taking off for a sortie. pic.twitter.com/M3k72B56Jv — ANI (@ANI) January 17, 2018 × The Sukhoi 30 MKI is a twin-engine fighter aircraft with a two-seat cockpit. Smt @nsitharaman in the cockpit of the Sukhoi-30 MKI, familiarising herself with the fighter aircraft, before taking off for a sortie #RakshaMantrifliesSukhoi pic.twitter.com/uKtIbzOv7J — Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) January 17, 2018 × Sukoi-30 MKI is a nuclear-capable aircraft which can penetrate deep into enemy territory.