India acquires 500 Russian fighter jets
The two countries have, however, failed to strike a deal on a controversial nuclear power plant
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.