Russia signs agreement to sell 42 jets to India

The deal comes as India plans to start up a Russia­n-built nuclea­r plant.

Agencies December 17, 2011


Visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday oversaw the signing of an agreement to sell to India 42 Su-30 jets in kit form as the Kremlin scrambles to retain ties with its Soviet-era arms purchaser.

The agreement comes after India – the biggest importer of military hardware among emerging nations –– had earlier this year rejected Moscow’s bid to supply its traditional ally with 126 multi-role combat aircraft in a deal worth about $12 billion.

The two leaders sought to play up progress in bilateral ties, stressing they withstood the test of time.

“Our cooperation with India in the military technical sphere has reached an unprecedented level,” Medvedev said in comments released by the Kremlin.

After the talks the two leaders oversaw the signing of an agreement to “render technical assistance in the organisation of production of the SU-30 plane,” the Kremlin said in a statement without providing further details.

The Kremin said ahead of the signing the two sides had planned to ink an agreement to supply India with 42 Su-30 jets in kit form that would be assembled in India.

After talks in Moscow with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Singh said that his country plans to start up a Russian-built nuclear power plant within weeks. He said the first two reactors at the Kudankulam plant were close to being activated.

The power station in the southern state of Tamil Nadu is one of several planned power projects that are seen as vital to plugging huge electricity shortages that have damaged economic growth.

However, protests by local people against the power station gathered pace after the Fukushima accident in Japan in March.

“We are confident that we will be able to persuade some of these people that their concerns are adequately taken care of, that our nuclear plants are safe and sound and there is nothing to worry about with regards to their safety,” Singh said.

“I am therefore confident that in a couple of weeks we should be able to go ahead with operationalising Kudankulam, and thereafter, by a period of six months, Kudankulam 2.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 17th, 2011.


G. Din | 9 years ago | Reply

@Guru: "Both countries will never learn from its past, and even having nuclear arsenals still feeling insecure." We in India did learn from our past. No, we don't feel insecure at all. That is why we want to make sure that no bin Qasim or Ghazni or Ghaznavi even dares to look at us with anything but respect and fear. It is you Pakistanis who don't miss any opportunity to flaunt your "atom bum" and always talk about "nooklear rivals", "nooklear holocaust", "nooklear-armed" and so on and so forth. The rest of the six nuclear powers hardly ever open their mouths with such epithets. This shows the insecurity and fear you feel even in your bones. And, please, please do NOT club us with yourselves. We don't welcome or feel good with such association. You told us back in 1940's that we are two very different peoples. And now that we agree, you club us back together! Why?

Anuj | 9 years ago | Reply

@ Loyal to Pakistan.....Pakistan must have millions of loyals like you in Army, politics and administration and its the only reason for the present state of pakistan.....I wish every pakistani becomes like you....after all, pakistan won all the wars with India, has the most competent military , certainly more advance than India which defends its borders so efficiently that not even a bird can cross it.... you have one of the lowest Poverty rates and Highest literacy rates in the Asia, you have cleaner cities , high per capita income, have the asia's most extensive and efficient rail network, the PIA is the most favoured airline and have the best of airports in have a thriving and successful film and entertainment industry ...and have highest Forex reserves ,at least, in Asia....Pakistanis world wide are leading Global corporates as CEO of various MNCs and Pakistani Scientists and doctors are among the best in the world...They are the most beloved community and most respected Indeed.....I dont understand why all this disappears once you open your eyes.....

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