New Delhi, Jan 17: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday took off Sukhoi-30 MKI from the air base in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur.
Jodhpur: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the cockpit of the Sukhoi-30 MKI, before taking off for a sortie. pic.twitter.com/M3k72B56Jv
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After taking off, the Defence Minister 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 they (defence personnel) have to respond to situations. It was eye-opening & memorable.
With this, Sitharaman became the first woman to become full-time Defence Minister of India.
The latest move by the Defence Minister to take stock of ,review the operational preparedness and combat capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Earlier, Sitharaman reviewed the prowess of the Indian Navy by going onboard INS Kolkata and INS Vikramaditya, an aircraft carrier.