Sitharaman takes to skies in IAF Su-30 MKI fighter

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Jodhpur, January 17, 2018: After her recent visit to INS
Vikramaditya, the aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, Defence Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman, on her visit to Air Force Station Jodhpur, took to the skies in the
formidable Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft of 31 Squadron on Wednesday.
Sitharaman was the first woman Defence Minister of India to
fly a sortie in an IAF Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
In her 45 minutes of sortie, she was demonstrated some of the
unique characteristics and strengths of this mighty twin engine Air Superiority
Fighter (ASF). 
To gauge the operational capability and preparedness of the
defence forces, the Minister has been visiting various establishments of the
Armed Forces. These visits go a long way in enhancing the motivation of the
defence personnel as they get an opportunity to personally interact with the RM
After her sortie on the multirole ASF, she addressed and interacted
with the Air Warriors of Air Force Station, Jodhpur and congratulated them on
their professionalism, high state of morale and motivation. During the visit,
she was also briefed on employment of Air Power in the defence of our country.
Owing to its versatile capabilities, Su-30 MKI forms an
integral and the most potent component of our nation’s Air Power.  Recently, ‘BrahMos’ Supersonic Air Launched
Cruise Missile and ‘Astra’ Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, was
integrated and successfully fired from this platform. With these advancements,
the reach with air-to-air refueling and standoff performance, Su-30 MKI is a
truly potent platform and is bolstering IAF’s strategic capabilities.

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