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A human-out-of-the-loop weapon (also called an autonomous weapon) is/are

[a] [r]obot[] that [is] capable of selecting targets and delivering force without any human input or interaction.[1]
[r]obotic weapons which can search, identify, select, and attack targets without the real-time control by a human operator. Such weapon systems can be described as "automated" when their capability to autonomously detect and attack targets is confined to a comparatively restricted, predefined and controlled environment. When they are capable of autonomously performing these tasks in an open and unpredictable environment they are described as "fully autonomous".[2]


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