The Government of Tunisia has requested a possible sale of twelve (12) T-6C Texan trainer aircraft from the United States.
The request which comes under a Foreign Military Sale includes twelve (12) T-6C Texan trainer aircraft, spare engines, cartridge actuated devices/propellant actuated devices operational flight trainer, spare parts, ground handling equipment, support equipment, software delivery and support, publications and technical documentation, clothing, textiles and individual equipment, aircraft ferry support, technical and logistical support services, site surveys, minor modifications/class IV support, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated value is $234 million.
So far, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 10.
According to a Press Release published by the DSCA, the prime contractor will be Textron Aviation Defense LLC of Wichita, Kansas.
It also stated that the proposed sale will replace Tunisia’s aging trainer fleet and allow Tunisia to continue training pilots to support Tunisia’s counter-terrorism and border security missions. Tunisia will have no difficulty absorbing this aircraft into its armed forces.
The Beechcraft’s (formerly Hawker Beechcraft) T-6C Texan II next-generation military flight trainer aircraft is an improved version of the T-6B Texan II primary aircraft training system.
The aircraft provides reliable training operations with less maintenance and operating costs, providing embedded synthetic air-to-ground and air-to-air training solutions, while also supporting simulated combat training tasks.