The US State Department has approved a possible sale of four AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft to Tunisia.
Should the deal be realized, it would be worth an estimated cost of $325.8 million. Prime contractor would be Textron Aviation.
In addition to the aircraft, Tunisia has also requested MAU-169 computer control groups for laser guided bombs, general-purpose bombs and 3,290 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS). Also included in the request are spare engines, L-3 WESCAM MX 15D multi-spectral targeting system, caliber .50 machine guns, and related equipment and training support.
According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the proposed sale would improve Tunisia’s ability to meet current and future threats by increasing the country’s capability and capacity to counter-terrorism and other violent extremist organization threats.
The AT-6 Wolverine is a multi-mission aircraft featuring Lockheed Martin’s A-10C mission computer and the MX-15D, which provides color and IR cameras, laser designator, laser illuminator and laser rangefinder.
The aircraft has a total of seven hardpoints and four MIL-STD-1760 compatible stations. It has a maximum load of 4,110 lb (1,864 kg) and a range of four and a half hours, or over seven hours with external fuel tanks.