An Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system is a radar system carried by an aircraft which is designed to detect other aircraft. Used at a high altitude, the radars allow the operators to distinguish between friendly and hostile aircraft hundreds of miles away. AEW aircraft are used for defensive and offensive air operations. The system is used offensively to direct fighters to their target locations, and defensively to counter attacks.
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Years Manufactured: 1977 - 1992
Platform Type: Fixed Wing, Surveillance
Initial Maker: Boeing
Final Maker: Boeing