The US government has approved the sale to Tunisia of four Textron AT-6 Wolverine light attack aircraft and associated equipment.
The State Department approval, announced on 26 February, covers the twin-seat turboprop aircraft, as well as weapons, training, support, infrastructure, and other services, and is valued at USD325.8 million.
"The proposed sale will improve Tunisia's ability to meet current and future threats by increasing their capability and capacity to counter-terrorism and other violent extremist organisation threats. The AT-6 platform will bolster their capability to respond to and engage threats in multiple areas across the country," the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in its announcement.
The approval for Tunisia includes a range of general-purpose and precision-guided bombs, BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) guided rockets, and 12.7 mm machine guns. The aircraft will also be fitted with the L-3 WESCAM MX 15D electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret.
The Wolverine is a dedicated light-attack variant of the T-6 Texan II trainer (the two types share 85% commonality). It features tandem digital cockpits, as well as six underwing pylons for carrying up to 680 kg of external drop-tanks, bombs, rockets, and machine gun pods under each wing.
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