early-warning aircraft

early-warning aircraft
An aircraft specially equipped with early-warning radar to detect aircraft and missiles at as great a distance as possible. The aircraft may have some capabilities for controlling friendly aircraft. The E2C Hawkeye AEW (airborne early warning) aircraft is an example of early-warning aircraft. See airborne early warning aircraft.

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  • Early warning radar — An early warning radar is any radar system used primarily for the long range detection of its targets, i.e., allowing defences to be alerted as early as possible before the intruder reaches its target, giving the defences the maximum time in… …   Wikipedia

  • early warning — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms early warning : singular early warning plural early warnings a) warning of a future event that comes early enough for you to prepare for it b) [only before noun] relating to a system of defence,… …   English dictionary

  • early-warning radar — noun : a set or line of radar sets operating in air defense on the perimeter or outward from the defended area to give the earliest possible warning of approaching airplanes * * * early warning radar, a radar set or system designed to detect… …   Useful english dictionary

  • early warning system — noun a network of radar installations designed to detect enemy missiles or aircraft while there is still time to intercept them • Hypernyms: ↑network, ↑electronic network • Part Meronyms: ↑early warning radar …   Useful english dictionary

  • early warning system — noun (C) a series of radar stations that give a warning when enemy aircraft are going to attack …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • early-warning radar — All the radars including long , medium , and short range and medium and low level that detect and warn of the approach of intruding aircraft and missiles early enough to allow interception as far away from the intended target as possible …   Aviation dictionary

  • early-warning system — /err lee wawr ning/ 1. Mil. a network of radar installations designed to detect enemy aircraft or missiles in time for the effective deployment of defense systems. 2. any series of steps established to spot potential problems. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • early warning station — place where equipment is set up to warn of incoming enemy aircraft …   English contemporary dictionary

  • early warning system — network of radar installations intended to detect enemy aircraft or missiles within the required time for effective deployment of defense systems; series of moves set up to detect potential problems …   English contemporary dictionary

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