Summary Box: Russia sells fighter jets to India

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Posted: Dec 16, 2011 10:39 AM
Summary Box: Russia sells fighter jets to India

YES TO JETS, NO TO NUKE: Russia signed a deal Friday to provide India with 42 fighter jets, but the two nations have failed to strike a deal on a nuclear power plant.

REGULAR CUSTOMER: India has been a leading customer for Russian weapons since the Soviet times, buying combat jets, missiles, navy ships and other weapons worth billions of dollars. Russian weapons still account for the bulk of the Indian military arsenals.

NOT IN MY BACK YARD: Indian and Russian officials did not sign a deal to complete the Koodankulam nuclear plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Russia had pledged to build two of four reactors at the $3 billion plant, but construction has been delayed due to protests by local residents concerned about the plant's safety.