Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A military surveillance system, carried by aircraft, that is capable of tracking a large number of other aircraft from a great distance.

Etymologies

A(irborne) W(arning) A(nd) C(ontrol) S(ystem).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • AWACS is the airbourne radar division based at Tinker AFB, and Okinnowa in the pacific and were in Rihyad Saudi Arabia but are probably not based out of Quatar, and they HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH presidential proceedure …. .sorry for the facts but give it up moron ….

    Think Progress » ‘Mission Accomplished’ By The Numbers

  • He's currently AWACS, which is what I was before I got out to be momma.

    Excruciating - SpouseBUZZ

  • The E-3A Sentry aircraft, better known as AWACS, and the smaller, lesser-known TR-1, flew their missions in boring circles or straight lines far behind the fighting front.

    Red Storm Rising

  • On the outside, an AWACS is a radar dish with wings, D'Aagata explains.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Pairs of warplanes patrol the zone a Libyan no-fly zone would probably require several pairs all the time to effectively cover the long coastal area where almost all of the population is located backed up by airborne refuelling tankers orbiting offshore and multiple command-and-control aircraft called AWACS with sensitive radar that control the battle space.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • During the interview Haig made a slight mistake in citing the number of radar surveillance aircraft, known as AWACS, that the United States was in the process of providing to Saudi Arabia.

    Politics Daily

  • The pictures are from the Oval Office after Reagan won a close Senate vote to approve selling to Saudi Arabia radar technology known as AWACS, short for airborne warning and control system.

    News for Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • Also support planes such as AWACS and J-Stars, which are planes that use sophisticated equipment to track people -- I'm sorry -- track objects and vehicles on the ground.

    CNN Transcript Sep 19, 2001

  • This is the E-26 AWACS aircraft, "AWACS" meaning it has that big sort of radar drum on top there.

    CNN Transcript Oct 16, 2001

  • Each of those regions would have a headquarters that would be co-located on an air base capable of handling the airborne warning and control system, the "AWACS" aircraft.

    NORAD: Current Operations and Future Plans

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