Awacs



a sophisticated detection aircraft, fitted with powerful radar and a computer, capable of simultaneously tracking and plotting large numbers of low-flying aircraft at much greater distances than is possible with ground radar.
Contemporary Examples

Again, the Europeans have AWACS, but not enough crews to handle an all-hours campaign lasting months.
America’s Secret Libya War John Barry August 29, 2011

The U.S., British, and French air forces each provided their own AWACS airplanes to maintain 24/7 coverage of the war theater.
Libya War’s Unsung Heroes Clive Irving August 21, 2011

noun acronym
airborne warning and control system
n.

1966, initialism for “Airborne Warning and Control Systems.”
airborne warning and control system

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