The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco was developed in the 1960s as an aircraft for counter-insurgency combat. It is a twin-turboprop light attack and observation aircraft whose main role was as a forward air control aircraft. Introduced in October 1969, the OV-10 Bronco was primarily used by the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, as well as the Philippine Air Force.

North American Aviation NAA
United States
1965 to: 1986
US$0.48 million (1986)
2x Garrett T76-G-420/421
1,040 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
250 knots
463 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
45 knots
Travel range:
1,200 Nautical Miles
2,222 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
26,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
2650 feet / minute
13.46metre / second
Take Off Distance:
853 metre - 2,798.52 feet
Landing Distance:
381 metre - 1,249.98 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
6,552 Kg
14,445 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
1,679 Kg
3,702 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
252 gallon
954 litre
Baggage Volume:
3.1 m3 / 109 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
2 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
13.41 metre - 44.00 feet
Tail height:
4.6 metre - 15.09 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
12.2 metre - 40.03 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

The OV-10D version is a second-generation Bronco built under the Night Observation Gunship System program. This version was a much improved OV-10A airframe, incorporating a forward-looking infrared night vision system.

It was also fitted with larger engines and bigger propellers made of fiberglass. Seventeen OV-10D were converted from OV-10A. It has an external length of 13.41 meters, an external height of 2.5 meters, and a fuselage width of 1.2 meters.

The tail height is 4.62 meters and the wheelbase is 3.7 meters. It has a wingspan of 12.2 meters and a wing area of 27.03 square meters. The aircraft has an empty weight of 3,127 kg and a gross weight of 4,494 kg. The maximum takeoff weight is 6,552 kg. It has a maximum payload of 1,679 kg and a fuel tank capacity of 252 US gal.

The OV-10D is powered by two Garrett T76-G-420/421 turboprop engines. Each engine is rated at 1,040 shaft horsepower thrust and drives three-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed fully feathering propellers. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 250 knots at sea level.

It has a combat range of 198 nautical miles and a ferry range of 1,200 nautical miles with auxiliary fuel. The service ceiling is 30,000 feet and the rate of climb is 2,020 feet per minute. The take-off run is 226 meters, the take-off distance to 15 meters is 341 meters and at MTOW is 853 meters.

The landing run at MTOW is 38 meters. The aircraft could be loaded with a single 20 mm M197 electric cannon or four M60C machine guns and seven hard points; five on the fuselage and two underwing with provisions to carry combinations of 7- or 19-tube launchers for 2.75 in Folding Fin Aerial Rockets/2.75 in WAFARs or 2- or 4-tube launchers for 5 in FFARs or WAFARs, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on wings, and up to 227 kg of bombs.

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