UAS Categories

Innovating the Global Air Community

 

Groups (DoD Classifications)

 
 
 Although there is no set UAV classification standard, NIM-A refers to The Department of Defense (DoD) UAS Group Classification. The DoD classifies them according to maximum gross takeoff, size, normal operating altitude, and airspeed. The groups support significant functionalities and as UAS technology evolves it will continue to revolutionize the global air community. Below are well-known US UAV's and the groups that each fall under.

 

 

Example

Group

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Functionality

Tactical

Tactical

Tactical

Persistent

Penetrating

Model

  • T-Hawk

  • Puma

  • RQ-11 Raven

  • ScanEagle

  • RQ-7 Shadow

  • M-1B Predator

  • RQ-5 Hunter

  • ​MQ-1C GrayEagle

  • MQ-9 Reaper

  • RQ-4 Global Hawk

  • MQ-4C Triton

 
 
 
 
Visit www.odin.tradoc.army.mil to check out the Worldwide Equipment Guide for more information.

 

Classification of the Unmanned Aerial Systems

UAS classifications are loosely broken off into sub-classes that can be identified by their size, range, and group (DoD standard). Below is a table that breaks down UAVs by range:
 

Type

Example

Range

Functionality

Endurance Time

Very Low Cost Close-Range UAVS


Puma
5 km,
3.10 mi
Spying, Aerial Photography, Biological Warfare 20-45 min
Close-Range UAVs ScanEagle - Close Range UAV

ScanEagle
50 km,
31.06 mi
Reconnaissance, Surveillance 1-6 hrs
Short-Range UAVs

STUAS
<150 km,
93.20 mi
Reconnaissance, Surveillance 8-12 hrs
Mid-Range UAVs

M-1B Predator
650 km,
403.89 mi
Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Gathering Meteorological Data 12 hrs
Endurance UAVs

MQ-9 Reaper
300 km,
186.41 mi
Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Long Distance <36 hrs
 

 



 

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