Jan 17, 2018, 15:34 IST
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.
Here's a picture of the flight taking off:
This was the Union minister's second outing on a fighter aircraft. Her first was on a MIG 29 aircraft at sea. The fighter jet was situated on board the INS Vikramaditya.
Both her exercises are part of the defence ministry's efforts to gauge and review the operational preparedness and combat capabilities of the armed forces.
(Source : TOI)
Good It is nice she took out her time to watch and experience what type of difficulities the defence forces are experiencing To listen from beauricrat and personally feel is all together different thing I hope she will resolve the issues of ex man and serving personalReplyDelete
Every body want to become famous at the cost of Govt money. Just by travelling in a aircraft, how can you gauge the operational preparedness?. Instead, she should have expedited the much awaited OMJC Report. Col VijayReplyDelete
Whether to celebrate Diwali among soldiers, fly in a fighter or to be on a naval fleet is all show off by this govt and befool defence forces.it is ultimately arun jaitely who holds the key . omjc report has turned a vincy code that none wants to decode.unless armed forces become a vote bank to reckon with they will keep getting a lip service by the successive govts as usual.judiciary is only the last hope to count onReplyDelete