Part o the Khibiny-M dealing withthe most popular high-requencywavebands used (bands H and J)is built into the airrame. Whenrequired, pods can be added tothe Su-35’s wingtips that enhancethe system’s capabilities in themedium wavebands (E to G). TheSu-35 also has two 14-round UV-50 decoys dispensers mounted onthe rear uselage ‘sting’.
The OLS-35 inrared search andtrack (IRST) unit or the Su-35was designed by the Nauchno-Proizvodstvennaya KorporatsiyaSistemy PretsizionnogoPriborostroeniya (NPK SPP,Scientifc and ProductionCorporation Precision InstrumentsSystems) o Moscow. This is adeparture or Sukhoi, which hasrelied on UOMZ (Ural Optical andMechanical Plant) o Yekaterinburgin the Sverdlovsk Oblast toprovide IRSTs or its other fghters,including the T-50 PerspektivnyAviatsionny Kompleks FrontovoyAviatsii (PAK FA, ‘ProspectiveAirborne Complex or FrontlineAviation’) currently under development.The OLS-35 has inrared-imaging and electro-optiocal (EO)cameras using a common opticalblock, as well as a laser rangefnder and target designator. Mountedon the nose o the Su-35, it scans+/-90° range in azimuth and-15/+60° in elevation. An airbornetarget the size o a Su-30 can bedetected rom 90km (56 miles)tail-on, or 35km (22 miles) head-on.The OLS-35 can track our aerialtargets simultaneously without anyemissions that could alert themthat they have been detected. Thepilot o the Su-35 will also have ahelmet-mounted sight, althoughthe type has yet to be revealed.NPK SPP also produces anair-to-ground targeting podor the Su-35, equipped withEO, inrared-imaging and laser channels as well as a laser spotdetector, which enables the pilotto guide his aircrat’s weapons onto targets illuminated by a thirdparty. The pod can track our ground targets simultaneously.The Su-35 is equipped withan improved sel-deence sensor suite, also made by NPK SPP. Theinrared missile approach warningsystem has six sensors locatedon the ront uselage to provideall-round coverage. It can register the launch o a man-portable anti-aircrat missile rom a distance o 10km (6 miles), an air-to-air missilerom 30km (19 miles) and a largesurace-to-air missile rom 50km (31miles). Two laser warning sensorsare located on the sides o theront uselage; they detect laser rangefnders tracking the aircratrom up to 30km (19 miles) away.The Su-35’s radar warningreceiver is the L150-35 Pastelsystem made by the CKBACompany in Omsk in the OmskOblast, which is used by allcontemporary Russian combataircrat. The L150 also providestarget co-ordinates or anti-radiation missiles.
The Su-35 will be cleared tocarry all types o tactical aerialmissiles currently in the Russianinventory or due to enter service.A guided missile was fred or the frst time by the Su-35S onJuly 27, 2012. While no detailswere released, it is probably anair-to-air missile in the R-73 (AA-11
) short-range or R-77(AA-12
) medium-rangeclasses. New types o air-to-air weapons currently enteringproduction in Russia includethe medium-range R-77-1 andshort-range R-74M missiles;subsequent versions known asthe K-77M and K-74M2 are beingdesigned. It is understood thatthe Su-35 will also be compatiblewith the K-37M long-rangemissile currently undergoing trials.Arming the Su-35 with super-long-range Novator K-100 missiles– with which the aircrat has beendisplayed – is not planned andwork on this weapon has sincebeen abandoned.Among air-to-surace weaponsthat can be carried are Kh-31PM
The inrared missile approach warning (MAW) sensor covering the upper ront sector is positioned on top o theaircrat’s nose (right) beside the OLS-35 electro-optical search-and-track sensor (let).
One o the radar warningreceiver sensors or the L150-35 system.
The MAW sensor covering the upper at sector is positioned behind thecockpit canopy.
Laser warning sensors (let) are located on the sides o the ront uselage close to the side sectorMAW (right).
Two MAW sensors ftted to the orward and at uselage underside cover the lower sector.
Topdown view o the OLS-35 sensor.
Su-35 ‘07’ was handed over to the Russian Air Force in late December 2012.
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The Su-35 can be armed with the Kh-35U anti-shipping missile.
All images Piot Butowski unless noted