The interplay between the superradiant emission of a cloud of cold two-level
atoms and the radiation pressure force is discussed. Using a microscopic model
of coupled atomic dipoles driven by an external laser, the radiation field and
the average radiation pressure force are derived. A relation between the
far-field scattered intensity and the force is derived, using the optical
theorem. Finally, the scaling of the sample scattering cross section with the
parameters of the system is studied.