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View Diary: “Non-lethal,” Weaponized Drones Coming To A Town Near You. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (140 comments)

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    ImpeachKingBushII, StrayCat, corvo

    They can also be categorised in terms of range/altitude and the following has been advanced as relevant at such industry events as ParcAberporth Unmanned Systems forum:
    Hand-held 2,000 ft (600 m) altitude, about 2 km range
    Close 5,000 ft (1,500 m) altitude, up to 10 km range
    NATO type 10,000 ft (3,000 m) altitude, up to 50 km range
    Tactical 18,000 ft (5,500 m) altitude, about 160 km range
    MALE (medium altitude, long endurance) up to 30,000 ft (9,000 m) and range over 200 km
    HALE (high altitude, long endurance) over 30,000 ft (9,100 m) and indefinite range
    HYPERSONIC high-speed, supersonic (Mach 1–5) or hypersonic (Mach 5+) 50,000 ft (15,200 m) or suborbital altitude, range over 200 km
    ORBITAL low earth orbit (Mach 25+)
    CIS Lunar Earth-Moon transfer
    CACGS Computer Assisted Carrier Guidance System for UAVs

    The United States military employs a tier system for categorizing its UAVs

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