target-designating system

target-designating system

[′tär·gət ¦dez·ig‚nād·iŋ ‚sis·təm]
(electronics)
A system for designating to one instrument a target which has already been located by a second instrument; it employs electrical data transmitters and receivers which indicate on one instrument the pointing of another.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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