Tunisia confirms purchase of T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft

Tunisia purchase T6 Texan trainer
Tunisia to buy eight Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft.

On November 19, 2020, Tunisian Minister of National Defense Imed Hazgui said the government approved the purchase of eight T-6C Texan II turboprop training aircraft.

The confirmation comes a year after the US State Department approved the foreign military sale of the aircraft to Tunisia.

In October 2019, the United States gave Tunisia the green light to purchase twelve Texan IIs and related equipment and support from Textron Aviation for an estimated cost of $ 234 million.

The Government of Tunisia had sought approval to purchase twelve T-6C 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.

According to US State Department, this sale will support US foreign policy and national security by helping to improve the defense capabilities and capabilities of a major non-NATO ally, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in North Africa. It will also provide additional opportunities for bilateral engagements and further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Tunisia.

The T-6C Texan II will replace Tunisia's old fleet of MB-326 and L-39 trainer jets and allow the nation to continue training its pilots to support missions against terrorism and border security.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Photo Credit: Textron Aviation

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