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India acquires 500 Russian fighter jets

The two countries have, however, failed to strike a deal on a controversial nuclear power plant


December 16, 2011
by The Canadian Press

MOSCOW—Russia has signed a deal to provide India with more than 500 fighter jets, but the two nations have failed to strike a deal on a controversial nuclear power plant.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said New Delhi will fit the Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets, which will be assembled in India, with additional locally produced electronics.

India had earlier signed several contracts for the delivery of 230 Su-30MKIs, most of which are being assembled locally.

Indian and Russian officials, however, failed to sign a long-expected deal to complete the Koodankulam nuclear plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Russia had pledged to build two of the four reactors at the $3 billion plant, but construction has been delayed due to protests by local residents concerned about the plant’s safety.