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/ ˈeɪ wæks /
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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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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 30, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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/ (ˈeɪwæks) /
n acronym for
airborne warning and control system
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