MoD Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi, joins the league of Kalam, Patil, George

MoD Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi, joins the league of Kalam, Patil, George

MoD Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi, joins the league of Kalam, Patil, George

According to reports, by flying the Sukhoi fighter the Defence Minister reviewed the operational preparedness and combat capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

"It was a memorable experience. and a smooth ride", the 58-year-old minister told reporters here later.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman getting ready to fly in the Sukhoi at an air base in Jodhpur on Wednesday. Prior to the sortie, the defence minister was given a briefing by the fighter pilot and took some time to familiarise with the IAF's frontline jet.

Attired in a flying overall and anti-G suit, the defence minister was piloted by Group Captain Sumit Garg, commanding officer of the 31 Squadron, who did several turns and basic manoeuvres with the VIP co-passenger in the back seat.

Sukhoi is regarded as the best fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

Speaking to, Sitharaman said, "Very proud and thankful that I've gone through this experience because it actually tells me with what rigor, practice, what level of readiness and how quickly the defence personnel have to respond to situations". She also wore a helmet with an oxygen mask, the reports said.

The Sukhoi-30 MKI has nuclear strike capability and can penetrate deep in enemy territory. A variant of the Sukhoi Su-30, it is a heavy, all-weather, long-range fighter.

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