airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft

A specialized aircraft equipped with powerful radar and other ESM (electronic support measures) and communications devices that are able to detect enemy aircraft at very long distances, warn its own and friendly forces about them, and direct aircraft and weapons against them.
E-2C Hawkeye AEW aircraft.

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