Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday took off in the IAF’s frontline combat jet Sukhoi 30 MKI from the air base in Jodhpur. The country's first woman defence minister sat in the rear seat behind the pilot and was wearing the pilots G-suit.
The sortie is likely to last for 30 minutes, defence sources said.
"She is reviewing the operational preparedness and combat capabilities," the sources said.
With this Nirmala Sitharaman created history as she became the first full-time woman defence minister to fly the sortie. After her recent stay on board INS Vikramaditya at sea, the sortie will be a part of the defence minister's continued efforts to gauge and review the operational preparedness and combat capabilities of the armed forces.
Sitharaman earlier visited INS Vikramaditya last week for witnessing the naval operations and maritime prowess of the Indian Navy.
Sukhoi-30 MKI is a nuclear-capable aircraft which can penetrate deep into enemy territory.