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AWACS

[ey-waks]
noun
  1. 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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AWACS

Awacs

n acronym for
  1. airborne warning and control system
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AWACS

n.

1966, initialism for "Airborne Warning and Control Systems."

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