Interesting that in low light conditions they actually look black, or perhaps even very dark Navy Blue, yet on the side you can clearly see the BBC or VVS of the Russian Air Force.
I would assume that in low light conditions looking black against a dark background would be effective camouflage, but the effect is largely ruined with the white nose and dielectric panels over antennas and sensors.
Does look cool though.
Regarding the article on the recon pod, it results in a very strange translation that seems to be a lot about nothing...
The Strela, or Arrow "Universal Intelligence Ventral container", should make a specialised recon or SEAD version of the Fullback redundant... with that pod on its centreline, and wingtip jammer pods, that would leave 8 free weapon pylons for 2 AAMs for self defence and 6 ARMs like AS-12, AS-11, AS-17, or the new anti radiation model of the new Kh-38... all very potent missiles. Other options of course include satellite guided bombs with glide kits to extend range, and of course various types of other jammer pods if necessary.