The SMTs are Mig-29 airframes which were built a while ago but never actually used (they were stored in some warehouse or whatever). They were then taken and rebuilt to SMT standard. The airframes had 0 flight hours on them at that point. So they werent new built airframes, but they were unused airframes.
No, it is not really like that.
This picture shows Russian Mig-29SMT, which are operated by the former 14th Guards firghter regiment in Kursk (now, the 6963rd Airbase).
These aircraft were originally earmarked for Algeria.
In 2005, Algeria placed an order of 36 brand-new Mig-29SMT (of which 6 two-seaters UBT, with air-to-air refuelling capability). The very first aircraft were delivered to Algeria in december 2006 from Mig aviation plant in Nizhniy Novgorod. But in 2007, the Algerians found out these aircraft weren't brand new aircraft (some components proved to be of "second-hand" origin. They then cancelled the contract and required Russia to pick up those aircraft. Nonetheless, Russia and Algeria were able to reach quickly an agreement by replacing this Mi-29SMT by an additional delivery of 16 Su-30 MKA aircraft (44 should be eventually in the Algerian inventory).
Russia had then to find a place for its aircraft, which were held in storage at Lukhovitsy airfield. The 14th Guards fighter regiment was chosen and the SMT's replaced there Mig-29 9-13 Fulcrum C's previously operated for air-to-air missions.
The Mig-29SMT should be considered like a very potent multi-mission fighter with both very good air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities. It is said that their integration in the Russian air force was made complicated by the presence of some French avionics. Anyway, these aircraft fly today in the Russian Air Force.
Such an history happens to the French in the late 60's after Mirage VJ earmarked for Israel were embargoed by General de Gaulle. 30 aircraft were looking for an assignment and the Armée de l'air command was obliged to commission them. Mirage VJ's were renamed Mirage VF and equiped two squadrons in Colmar until the early 90's. It was an air-to-ground dedicated variant (in fact a good bomb lorry) of the mirage III without any radar.
[QUOTE=Fasatron;4864178]Armored Kamaz from PP-Technika
PP-Technika is located in Moscow (according to their website), but transit plates on that Kamaz(made in Naberezhnye Chelny) are from Tatarstan (region 16). Anyone know if they have a subsidiary there?
Also, what are those twin boxes on the roof of the troop compartment? Can anyone ID?