OV-10 Bronco Dive Bombs Abu Sayyaf in Marawi, 2017

This throwback footage shows the Philippine Air Force using an OV-10 Bronco to dive-bomb a position held by Abu Sayyaf militants during the Siege of Marawi in 2017. A steep angle is required to drop the bomb as accurately as possible.


The OV-10 has its roots in the Vietnam war, when it was designed by Marines to deliver close air support and observation. Interestingly, the OV-10 could even be configured to deliver small teams of paratroopers, though the number of times this configuration may have been used has not been disclosed. The Navy, Marines, Air Force, and NASA have used the OV-10, as have several partner nations.


The Philippine Air Force is the longest and last continual military user of the OV-10, where it still fills the same CAS role it was used for in Vietnam. However, in efforts to modernize the Philippine military, the OV-10 is slated to be replaced by the Super Tucano by the end of 2024.


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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This throwback footage shows the Philippine Air Force using an OV-10 Bronco to dive-bomb a position held by Abu Sayyaf militants during the Siege of Marawi in 2017. A steep angle is required to drop the bomb as accurately as possible.


The OV-10 has its roots in the Vietnam war, when it was designed by Marines to deliver close air support and observation. Interestingly, the OV-10 could even be configured to deliver small teams of paratroopers, though the number of times this configuration may have been used has not been disclosed. The Navy, Marines, Air Force, and NASA have used the OV-10, as have several partner nations.


The Philippine Air Force is the longest and last continual military user of the OV-10, where it still fills the same CAS role it was used for in Vietnam. However, in efforts to modernize the Philippine military, the OV-10 is slated to be replaced by the Super Tucano by the end of 2024.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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