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Russia Sells India More Fighter Jets

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greet each other at the Kremlin in Moscow.
Russia has signed a deal to provide India with 42 fighter jets.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in Moscow on December 16 that the Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets will be assembled in India, and will be fitted with locally produced electronics.

India had previously signed several contracts for the delivery of 230 Su-30MKIs, most of which are also 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.

Singh, who is in Russia for a three-day visit focusing on military and economic cooperation between the two countries, also held talks on December 16 with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

compiled from agency reports