The Extreme Versatility of the DCS: OV-10A Bronco
For you, what is the most important quality in a combat aircraft for DCS World? Is it the speed? Is it the maneuverability? Or is it the multirole capabilities? I'll tell you that, for me, it is a matter of multirole capabilities. Surprisingly, I have found that the OV-10A is a much more versatile aircraft than I initially thought.
It is a multirole beast. I have used it for situations I never expected it to be effective at. Anything from CAS, which is more conventional, to convoy interception and even interception. Basically: as long as you are fine with the fact that you fly relatively slow, you will be able to perform that task within your limitations as a prop. Over the past few days we have tested these abilities in our DCS server with some friends. These adventures have lead us to use the Bronco in all the roles previously stated, including one that we added due to its necessity for the mission we are playing: Foothold Syria.
We added the ability of carrying cargo to the Bronco. This means that, aside from being able to liberate low-priority areas on its own with the arsenal of rockets, bombs and rockets; it is able to capture them by using its excellent rough terrain STOL capabilities.
So instead of relying on helicopters to capture some of the smaller sites, we can just send one of our friends to capture it with a Bronco. It is faster than any helicopter in the game, we can reliably capture every zone after neutralizing them. And talking about the helicopters, we also used the Bronco as an interceptor against them.
To put this in perspective: whenever you liberate a base in Foothold, both factions launch AI helicopters to capture them. If you intercept them, they will not capture anything. If our CAP flights are occupied, we have sent Broncos to intercept them! It works perfectly.
We have been pushing the Bronco to its limits and I am happy to report that it holds up extremely well. It is a beast and I would highly recommend including it in your missions. Although if you read my review on this very special mod, you would already know this!
About the author:
Santiago "Cubeboy" Cuberos
Longtime aviation fanatic with particular preference towards military aviation and its history. Said interests date back to the early 2000's leading into his livelong dive into civil and combat flight simulators. He has been involved in a few communities but only started being active around the mid 2010's. Joined as a Spanish to English translator in 2017, he has been active as a writer and the co-founder of Skyward ever since. Twitter | Discord: Cubeboy #9034