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US donates four OV-10s to the Philippines

Photo: OV-10G+ BuNo 155492 that participated in the Combat Dragon II evaluation. It sports a black pony emblem with a ‘2’ on it. The insignia dates back to the Vietnam-era Light Attack Squadron 4 (VAL-4), disestablished in April 1972. Michael Keaveney

 

The US Air Force’s Materiel Command Life Cycle Management Center is donating four Rockwell OV-10 Broncos to the Philippines under a Foreign Military Sale. The Phillipine Air Force is the last military operator of the OV-10 and the two OV-10As and two OV-10G+ aircraft will boost its small inventory.

Interestingly, the deal includes the two unique OV-10G+ Broncos. From 2008, the US Navy’s ‘Imminent Fury’ program saw the evaluation of a single A-29 for supporting special operations special forces teams in the field. The USAF was to have participated in a second phase, which was to have seen four A-29s deploying to Afghanistan from 2010, but the project reverted to the US Navy, and was re-designated as Combat Dragon II. This saw a lengthy evaluation of the two OV-10G+ aircraft, initially in the US, but later including a combat deployment to the Middle East in 2015.

The Broncos reportedly saw significant success against so-called Islamic State (IS) during Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’. They carried civil registrations N581NA and N592NA and were originally delivered to the US Marine Corps as BuNos 155481 and 155492. The OV-10G+ features Garrett T76G-420/421 turboprops with four-blade Hartzell propellers, upgraded avionics and an electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) sensor under the nose.

 

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