The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 12 T-6C Texan trainer aircraft and related equipment and support to Tunisia for an estimated cost of $234 million.
The sale will be conducted through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress on Oct. 10.
The Government of Tunisia has requested a possible sale of 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 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 prime contractor will be Textron Aviation Defense LLC of Wichita, Kansas.
The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engine turboprop trainer aircraft built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company (which became Hawker Beechcraft and later Beechcraft Defense Company and was bought by Textron Aviation in 2014).
The aircraft is based on the Pilatus PC-9 trainer developed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland as a more powerful evolution of the company’s PC-7.
The T-6A is used by the U.S. Air Force for basic pilot training and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training, the Navy and the Marine Corps for primary and intermediate Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, and by the Royal Canadian Air Force (CT-156 Harvard II designation), Greek Air Force, Israeli Air Force (with the “Efroni” nickname), and Iraqi Air Force for basic flight training.
The T-6B is the primary trainer for U.S. student naval aviators (SNAs). The T-6C is used for training by the Mexican Air Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Moroccan Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.