Defence Minister to fly in Su-30

Last Updated : 15 January 2018, 16:23 IST

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam will fly in the Indian Air Force's Su-30 MKI combat jet on January 17 at the Jodhpur airbase.

After her recent stay on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, this sortie would be a part of Nirmala's continued effort to gauge and review the operational preparedness and combat capabilities of the armed forces, said an IAF spokesperson.

In 2006, President A P J Abdul Kalam and three years later his successor Pratibha Patil flew in the front line fighter aircraft, creating history.

Last year, the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju took a spin in Su-30MKI, which is the mainstay of the IAF.

The IAF will use a two-seater trainer version of the aircraft for Nirmala's flight.

India purchased 272 Su-30 MKI from Russia, out of which 236 jets were delivered to the IAF by Hindustan Aeronautics that manufacture the aircraft under a licence from Russia.

The public sector aviation major targets to complete the entire delivery by 2019-20.

Published 15 January 2018, 15:20 IST

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