Definition of early warning system in English:

early warning system

noun

  • 1A network of radar stations established at the boundary of a defended region to provide advanced warning of an aircraft or missile attack.

    • ‘Perhaps these ships could also act as early warning systems for incoming missiles from God knows where next.’
    • ‘This is a proposed early warning system which would spot missiles launched against the U.S.’
    • ‘The country's defensive weapons must be fully integrated in a command, control and early warning system.’
    • ‘Deteriorating command and control networks and early warning systems combined could cause leaders to feel dangerous escalatory pressures during a crisis.’
    • ‘It is supposed to equip the US with early warning systems around the world and develop as yet unproven technology to shoot down any missiles aimed at the US.’
    • ‘‘India has strongly pushed for the establishment of such kind of early warning system,’ Wirajuda said.’
    • ‘Despite sophisticated systems and the advantage of early warning systems, the cold war era has left numerous examples of mishaps that could have triggered nuclear conflict.’
    • ‘For example, the British experience demonstrated the value of long-range aerial early warning systems, while successful Argentine Exocet attacks revealed the dangers of antiship missiles.’
    • ‘The military conflicts in the Middle East have demonstrated the growing combat control role of airborne command and control centers with radar early warning systems.’
    • ‘Combining decaying and inoperative early warning systems with a ‘launch on warning’ posture for thousands of nuclear weapons is a recipe for nuclear disaster.’
    • ‘So you have to have very good early warning systems, very good satellite reconnaissance.’
    • ‘The Department of Defense supported the development of the IBM 7090 for use in a ballistic missile early warning system.’
    • ‘To protect the United States, the Corps erected extensive radar early warning systems across northern Canada.’
    • ‘The militarists believe that airborne early warning systems and antiballistic missiles would be pivotal to preventing or withstanding a nuclear attack.’
    • ‘Later, with the development of intercontinental nuclear ballistic missiles, NORAD became the early warning system.’
    • ‘Naturally, to enable this function, they also would require the requisite command authority over missile and early warning systems.’
    • ‘An environment campaigner is supporting plans to use North Yorkshire air bases as early warning systems for the missile defence programme.’
    • ‘RAF Fylingdales, which boasts a £160m state-of-the-art radar system, is a joint Ministry of Defence and US military ballistic missile early warning system.’
    • ‘He started out as a defence contractor and still deals with the atomic weapons site at Aldermaston and the missile early warning system at Fylingdales.’
    • ‘In contrast to conventional radar systems, the Ukrainian early warning system works passively and cannot be located by the airplanes it has detected.’
    1. 1.1 A condition, system, or series of procedures indicating a potential development or impending problem.
      • ‘The plan was devised after a message from the Minister of Home Affairs called on governors across the country to set up early warning systems for tsunamis and earthquakes.’
      • ‘Military and civilian officers have been working together to develop an early warning system to avoid planes colliding.’
      • ‘He is investigating ‘how different understandings of famine become embedded in famine early warning systems, and how this shapes humanitarian efforts’.’
      • ‘One of the areas of biggest investment is in the treatment and diagnosis of disease: anti HIV creams, bone and tissue replacements, and early warning systems for cancer.’
      • ‘By December next year, the region is expected to be protected by a hi-tech tsunami early warning system.’
      • ‘As part of the plan, a Weed Information Network was also launched, aimed at improving surveillance, as well as providing an early warning system for new or spreading weeds.’
      • ‘The report also urged the establishment of a ‘risk reduction center’ to monitor crises and provide an early warning system.’
      • ‘Genetic biomonitoring of populations exposed to potential carcinogens is an early warning system for genetic diseases or cancer.’
      • ‘City officials insist they are doing enough, with measures including the construction of seven new flood barriers and improved forecasting and early warning systems.’
      • ‘It has helped provide a better early warning system to let us know who needs help and advice the most.’
      • ‘With regard to bioterrorism, she pointed out that current technology could enable the public health system to put early warning systems in place.’
      • ‘In the same letter he complained that the money spent on churches could have paid for scientific research and an Indian ocean early warning system for tsunamis.’
      • ‘Despite a massive clean-up job and constant work to build up river banks and improve early warning systems, many homes remain on flood alert this winter.’
      • ‘The associations's response was to create a Task Force last month to consider setting up early warning systems with bookmakers to track unusual betting patterns.’
      • ‘Some of the measures being considered include a high-tech early warning system, and electronic signs to alert motorists a wrong - way driver is approaching.’
      • ‘He said money had been allocated from the 2006 budget for disaster management, including a centre in the country connected to a regional early warning system.’
      • ‘We need support, at both national and regional levels, to strengthen relief agencies and early warning systems.’
      • ‘Such a system would create an early warning system, he says, that would quickly weed out problem products.’
      • ‘At the moment, in the Indian Ocean area, we don't have an early warning system.’
      • ‘Families in Focus will provide an early warning system for children aged between eight and 13 who may be at risk of getting into trouble with the law.’