U.S. Special Operations advances Bronco II aircraft from prototype to flying phase

U.S. Special Operations advances Bronco II aircraft from prototype to flying phase

The US Special Operations Command has chosen an aircraft to help operators out in austere environments- and it looks awfully similar to an older, tried-and-true warhorse.

Defense company Leidos was issued a contract for the US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Armed Overwatch aircraft prototype program, allowing the Bronco II to move forward.

The Bronco II, touted as a rugged, affordable and sustainable multi-mission aircraft built to meet the specific needs of special operations forces, looks similar to the Vietnam-era OV-10 Bronco, which was made by North American Rockwell.

The OV-10 was noted for its toughness and versatility, making it a popular observation and light attack aircraft with both the US Air Force and US Marine Corps.

In fact, the OV-10 was brought out of “mothball” storage in recent years to provide proof-of-concept in combat conditions.

The Bronco II may look somewhat puny compared to its forerunner, but that is partially by design- it is made to adhere to “roll-on, roll-off” standards, meaning it can be rapidly disassembled, transported and reassembled in the field by a small crew.

Sacrificing two engines for one “pusher” prop, the Bronco II can be upgraded in the field for a variety of missions.

According to a statement from the company, the Bronco II will be made in Crestview, Florida.

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