[ ey-waks ]
/ ˈeɪ wæks /
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.
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Origin of AWACS
1965–70; A(irborne) W(arning) A(nd) C(ontrol) S(ystem)
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Example sentences from the Web for awacs
Again, the Europeans have AWACS, but not enough crews to handle an all-hours campaign lasting months.
The U.S., British, and French air forces each provided their own AWACS airplanes to maintain 24/7 coverage of the war theater.
British Dictionary definitions for awacs
/ (ˈeɪwæks) /
n acronym for
airborne warning and control system
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