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Tunisia will boost its COIN capacity with AT-6C Wolverine Light Attack Aircrafts

According to Scramble Magazine, On 25 February 2020, the US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya Tunisia could acquire four to twelve COIN aircrafts from Textron.

According to the statement of the DCSA, the Tunisian Air Force requested a Foreign military sale for four Textron Aviation AT-6C Wolverine Light Attack Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of USD 325,8 million.

The Government of Tunisia has requested to buy four Wolverines with supporting equipment, to include amongst many other things: spare engines and spare parts, Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems, personnel, pilot and technician training, aviator flight suits, ferry and logistical support.

The contract also involves weapons training with the intention to use 468 Mk81 250Lb general purpose bombs, 18 BDU-50s (Mk82 Filled Inert), 66 GBU-12s; sixty Guidance Sections for GBU-10,12 and 16, 48 Mk82 500lb bombs, and 3290 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) and six .50 machine guns. The proposed sale will improve Tunisia’s ability to fight against current and future threats, especially focused on the Counter Insurgency task.

Tunisian army is fighting a terrorist insurgency since 2012, especially in its south-west region and is facing risks of infiltration of armed groups from Libya. Scramble Magazine reported about this deal back in October 2019, see https://www.facebook.com/Scramblemagazine/posts/3097428810283632. That possible contract spoke about twelve aircraft, so probably eight aircraft are on option.

Photo credits: Textron

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