The Wall Street Journal Reports that India has again made a decision to buy 42 Russian Sukhoi Su-30 MK1 fighter jets that will be assembled in India. Additionally India will buy 71 M--17 V-5 helicopters. Another deal was signed for Russia to manufacture the Ka and Mi brand of helicopters in INdia
The deal was signed during President Putin's recent visit to attend the 13th Russia-India summit and continues India's longstanding defence ties with the former Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. India is Russia's biggest weapons customer.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh commented that Russia was a key partner in India's defence preparedness.