Wednesday, 16 November 2016

New data link for Su-35 and Su-27SM3

At the end of 2017 Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-27SM3 will receive a new data link known as Postscriptum. It will allow these 2 fighters to receive information from AWACS aircrafts and ground based/early warning radars. It also offers the possibility of landing without pilot input.

Also, the aircraft will supply the central command with fuel and weapons data, together with position. The aircraft will be able to fire missiles using the AWACS/radar data. 

S-108 data link (slaviza.ru)

It will be interesting to know more about the integration of this new data link. Su-35 has a S-108 link, which allow tactical data to be shared between different ground, sea and air platforms. China has acquired it together with the Su-35.

Back in the 1980s the Soviet Union developed TKS-1 and TKS-2 data links. The latter allowed data to be shared by 16 aircraft, and was integrated in MiG-31s and Su-27s.

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