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.
[r]obotic weapons which can search, identify, select, and attacktargets without the real-time control by a human operator. Such weapon systems can be described as "automated" when their capability to autonomouslydetect 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".