Textron Aviation Defense delivers the first T6-C Texan II to the Tunisian Air Force

Textron Aviation Defense Division announced today (November 8) that it has delivered the first of eight Beechcraft T-6C Texan II turboprop trainer aircraft to the Tunisian Air Force. The contract also includes “in-country field service and logistics support representatives, program management support, first-year interim contractor support, training for pilots and maintenance professionals, spare engines, spare parts and aircraft support equipment,” according to Textron.

The aircraft is scheduled to go to No. 13 (Training) Squadron at Sfax Air Base in Tunisia, which has been equipped with Leonardo (formerly Siai Marchetti) SF-260C piston trainers and aircraft from SF-260 “Warrior” combined trainer/attack aircraft since the mid to late 1970s. 14 Squadron, also based at Sfax Air Base, has a similar mission.

Fouad Kasri, Textron Aviation Defense Director of Sales and Strategy for Africa and the Middle East, said: “Tunisia is the 13th country to acquire the T-6 and has now taken delivery of the 1,001st T- 6 made by our team in Wichita. [Kansas]. We are delighted to welcome another allied North African and Mediterranean nation to the distinguished group of global air forces that rely on the next-generation T-6 Integrated Training System to achieve their pilot training goals.

TRU Simulation and Training, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, will provide related support services as well as training devices, including a ground training system, an operational flight simulator and a computerized training laboratory.

The Tunisian Air Force’s next T-6C is expected to arrive in the country at the end of 2022, with the remaining six aircraft to be delivered next year. The first Tunisian T-6C pilot candidates began training Oct. 31 at Textron Aviation Defense facilities in Wichita.

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