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Nirmala Sitharaman becomes the first full-time woman Defence Minister to fly in a Sukhoi-30 MKI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman strapped herself into a G-suit today and became the second Indian woman leader to go on a sortie on a Sukhoi-30 fighter jet after Pratibha Patil

She became the first woman Defence Minister to fly in Sukhoi-30.

The supersonic jet took off from Jodhpur Air Force station this morning.

Earlier, Former Presidents Pratibha Patil and APJ Abdul Kalam had also flown in the fighter.  

In 2003, then defence minister George Fernandes became the first VIP to take a fighter sortie. 

In May 2016, Union minister Kiren Rijiju joined the elite list.


As India's first woman defence minister, Ms Sitharaman has spent a lot of time travelling to Army, Air Force and Navy bases to understand their operations. 

A few days ago, she was onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian sea to witness the operations of the MiG-29 fighter off the deck of the ship and other Naval exercises.


Nirmala Sitharaman was the second woman leader after Pratibha Patil to fly on a fighter jet.




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