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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman flew a sortie on the Sukhoi 30 and this is what she felt about the ride
Jan 17, 2018, 15:34 IST
The country's first woman defence minister traveled in the seat behind the pilot for the exhilarating ride
This was the Union minister's second outing on a fighter aircraft
Her first was on a MIG 29 aircraft at sea
The G-suit clad defence minister before embarking on her Sukhoi 30 ride (Photo: ANI)
NEW DELHI: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman today donned a flying suit and took to the skies in the Indian Air Force's frontline combat jet Sukhoi 30 MKI and she thought the experience was "eye-opening and memorable".
Sitharaman, clad in a G-suit, was speaking fresh from her sortie on the combat jet which took off from the air base in Jodhpur. A G-suit is gear worn by aviators and astronauts who are subject to high levels of acceleration force. The country's first woman defence minister traveled in the seat behind the pilot for the exhilarating ride.
"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 they (defence personnel) have to respond to situations. It was eye-opening and memorable," said Sitharaman.