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T-6 trainers will begin arriving in Tunisia in October 2022.

by Mahua Special Editor

Textron Aviation Defence will provide eight T-6 Texan II trainers to Tunisia next year.It was revealed in late 2020 that Tunisia would buy eight T-6C trainer aircraft and four AT-6C light attack aircraft for an estimated $234 million.

According to the US Department of Defense, Textron Aviation Defense was awarded a $12 million contract for long-lead items and an in-country basing assessment for the Tunisian Air Force’s T-6 II trainers. The T-6Cs are slated to arrive in October 2022.

Tunisia received nine SF-260CTs and 12 SF-260WT Warriors between 1974 and 1978; roughly 18 SF-260s remain in service. Aermacchi MB-326Bs delivered in 1965, five MB-326LTs, and seven single-seat MB-326KT light-attack aircraft were delivered in 1977. The T-6Cs will likely fill the SF-260’s and Aero L-59(of T’s 12 delivered) lead-in fighter training and light-attack missions.

Tunisia ordered four AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft costing $325 million-plus associated equipment after receiving T-6C trainers. The USA approved the sale on February 25, 2020. 6 12.7 mm machine guns, 6 L-3 WESCAM MX 15D Multi-Spectral Targeting System and other equipment and training are being acquired with the Wolverines. Tunisia received nine SF-260CTs and 12 SF-260WT Warriors between 1974 and 1978; roughly 18 SF-260s remain in service.

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