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Old 4th Feb 2009, 00:00
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The U.S. Marine Corps OV-10 Night Observation Gunship (NOGS) program modified four OV-10As to include a turreted forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor and turreted M197 20 mm gun slaved to the FLIR aimpoint. NOGS succeeded in Vietnam, but funds to convert more aircraft were not approved. NOGS evolved into the NOS OV-10D, which included a [email protected] designator, but no added gun... just the 4 x 7.62mm machine guns mounted in the stub-wing-roots.

Each of the Marine Corps' two observation squadrons had 18 aircraft, nine OV-10As and nine OV-10Ds night observation aircraft.

The OV-10 was finally phased out of the Marine Corps in 1995, and the decision to decommission the aircraft was in large part due to two USMC Broncos being shot down during Operation Desert Storm due to a lack of effective infrared countermeasures equipment.


USMC OV-10D aboard USS Saratoga CV-60 for trials 1985:
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