Kvant 1L222 Avtobaza Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) system

Kvant 1L222 Avtobaza ELINT truck
Kvant 1L222 Avtobaza ELINT System
Kvant 1L222 Avtobaza ELINT truck

Russia has transferred a number of Kvant 1L222 Avtobaza Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) systems to Iran in October, RIA Novosti news agency announced. Each 1L222 system includes an passive ELINT signals interception system and a jamming module capable of disrupting airborne radars including fire control radars, terrain following radars and ground mapping radars as well as weapon (missile) data links.

1L222 Avtobaza ELINT system was transferred by Russia to Iran in late 2011.

1L222 operates over the Ku and X bands (8-18 GHz frequency range)and its effective range is 150 km. It covers 360 degrees hemisphere, monitoring up to 60 targets simultaneously.

Some reports are hinting about the role the Avtobaza system had in the alleged downing of U.S. stealth drone by the Iranian electronic warfare and air defense units early December.


  1. Radar jamming equipment, the S-300 missile system, sending anti ship missiles to Syria.
    There are plans to send Russia’s only carrier to Syria make sure there is no NATO doesn’t get any ideas about dropping bombs in Assad.

    Looks to me very much like old Soviet style tactic of trying to use the Middle East as a launch platform to promote its own interests against the west.

  2. Yes, Brett, the Russian are flexing their military “muscles” – but, they are also partially acting out of pure & sheer desperation. They are on the verge of loosing their only huge naval base in the Mediterranean basin, in the Syrian port of Latakia. So, they are delivering costal batteries of 300 km range Yakhont missiles to the bloodthirsty, and at the same time falling regime in Syria, very powerful “Avtobaza” electronic jammers to another bloodthirsty regime in Teheran, and so on, and so on. However, I do not believe, that they have delivered S-300 batteries to ANY ME-regime, as YET. At the very same time this Russian policy is extremely shortsighted. Once the Assad-regime will fall (and this regime will fall, sooner or later), they will loose Syria, as an ally, for a very long time. Because, exactly as the Libyan people will not forget the Russian (as well as the Chinese and the Iranian) support for the Kaddafi regime to the very last moment, so even the Syrian people will not forget the Russians’ extremely staunch and overwhelming support for Baby Assad (as well as the Iranian support, and the Chinese support), and once the Assad regime is ousted, these three countries will be out of Syria for a very long time to come.

    • Yeah Marek, Russia delivers to the “bloodthirsty” Iran & Syria, while US delivers to the equally bloodthirsty Saudi kingomd and Bahrein. Ofcourse, it won’t take long before the Saudi cleptocracy collapses and the Saudi people receive their longed for freedom. When that happens they ofcourse won’t forget the role of US in their oppression.

  3. Russians should be more realistic and enhance their “sweet & sour” relation with Israel for long term gains.

    The significant proportion of highly skilled Russian and Ukrainian origin Israelis are perhaps eager to provide favourable moderation.


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