Textron Aviation Defense announced today the delivery of the first Beechcraft T-6C Texan II Integrated Training System to the Tunisian Air Force in support of No. 13 Squadron operations at Sfax Air Base, Tunisia.
The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract includes eight T-6C Texan II Advanced Military Training Aircraft, in-country field and logistics support representatives, program management support, interim contractor support for the first year, pilot training and Maintenance professionals, spare engines, spare parts and aircraft support equipment.
The Beechcraft T-6C Texan II is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Defense LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc.
“Textron Aviation Defense is honored that the Tunisian Air Force has selected the world’s best and most affordable military trainer – the legendary Beechcraft T-6C Texan II – as their next principal trainer.said Fouad Kasri, director of sales & strategy for Africa and the Middle East, Textron Aviation Defense. “Tunisia is the thirteenth nation to acquire the T-6 and now has the 1,001st. T-6, which is manufactured by our Wichita team. We are pleased to welcome another North African and Mediterranean allied nation to the esteemed group of global air forces that rely on the next-generation T-6 Integrated Training System to achieve their pilot training goals.”
Textron Aviation Defense worked with the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) and the US Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron (AFSAT) to support the Tunisian Air Force’s modernization and growth program.
“Becoming a regional leader in military flight training is one of the milestones on the way to fulfilling our counter-terrorism and border security mission requirements‘ said General Mohamed Hajjem, the chief of staff of the Tunisian Air Force. “We thank Textron Aviation Defense, AFLCMC and AFSAT for supporting our acquisition of the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II and our efforts to achieve territorial sovereignty and regional stability. This acquisition paves the way for additional bilateral engagements and strengthens our relationship with the United States.”
Textron Aviation Defense expects to deliver the second Tunisian Air Force T-6C in late 2022. Delivery of the remaining six aircraft is scheduled for 2023. Training of the first cadre of pilots began Oct. 31 at Textron Aviation Defense facilities in Wichita, Kansas.
In addition, the Tunisian Air Force will rely on TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., for a range of training equipment and related support. Equipment to be installed at Sfax Air Force Base includes a ground-based training system, a flight trainer and a computer-based training laboratory