In Tezpur, President Droupadi Murmu takes historic sortie on Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet

Team India Sentinels Saturday 8th of April 2023 01:39 PM

New Delhi: India’s President and supreme commander of the armed forces, Droupadi Murmu, on Saturday, took a historic sortie in a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft at the Tezpur Air Force Station in Assam.

She became the third Indian president and second woman president to have flown in a fighter jet. Prior to her, Late APJ Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil had taken a sortie on the Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft.

Previous president Ram Nath Kovind had experienced in Sukhoi simulator at Pune Air Force station.

She flew for around 30 minutes covering Brahmaputra and Tezpur valley with a view of Himalayas before returning to the Air Force station.

The aircraft was flown by Group Captain Naveen Kumar, commanding officer of the 106 Squadron.

The aircraft flew at a height of about two kilometers above sea level and at a speed of about 800 kilometers per hour.

Later in the visitor’s book, the President expressed her feelings by writing a brief note in which she said "It was an exhilarating experience for me to fly in the mighty Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force. It is a matter of pride that India's defence capabilities have expanded immensely to cover all the frontiers of land, air and sea. I congratulate the Indian Air Force and the entire team of Air Force Station Tezpur for organising this sortie.”

The President was also briefed on the operational capabilities of the aircraft and the Indian Air Force.

She expressed satisfaction on the operational preparedness of the IAF.

The President's sortie in the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft is a part of her efforts to engage with the armed forces, as the supreme commander of the Indian armed forces.

In March 2023, the president visited INS Vikrant and interacted with officers and sailors on board of the indigenously built aircraft.


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