AFM has received photos showing the Sukhoi Su-57 new-generation fighter carrying a new targeting pod.
The 101KS-N has been developed by the Uralskiy Optiko-Mekhanicheskiy Zavod (UOMZ, Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant) at Yekaterinburg and is currently the most advanced Russian targeting pod. The store was developed primarily for the Su-57 under the PAK FA project.
The complete 101KS Atoll electro-optical suite for the Su-57 includes a range of sensors of which the 101KS-N is a part – the N suffix stands for Nazemnyi, or ground (targeting).
The Atoll reportedly draws heavily from the Lockheed Martin Sniper XR pod. It contains a stabilised platform with TV and thermal imaging cameras (within a common optical package, including the scanning mirror and automatic tracking unit), a laser rangefinder/target indicator, as well as a laser spot tracker.
UOMZ is also developing a lighter version of the pod for the Yak-130 combat trainer.
The Russian defence ministry ordered its first batch of series-production Su-57 fighters from the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) earlier this year. Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko confirmed on June 30 that the first state procurement contract had been finalised. Deliveries of the initial batch of 12 aircraft from UAC’s Komsomolsk-on-Amur manufacturing facility “will begin shortly”, Mr Krivoruchko told reporters. UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar said the first batch of Su-57s could enter service next year.