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Textron gets $90M to build 8 T-6C trainers for Tunisia

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The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded Textron Aviation a $90.7 million contract modification for the delivery of eight T-6C aircraft to Tunisia.

The contract modification follows the award of an initial $12.5M contract for long lead efforts from 2021.

According to AFCLMC, the total value of the contract is $105.4M, and foresees the delivery of the aircraft by September 2026.

Tunisia is buying the T-6C to replace its aging Aero Vodochody L-59T Super Albatross advanced trainer and light attack aircraft and to continue training pilots to support its counter-terrorism and border security missions.

In February 2020, the African country also received US approval to buy AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft. The planned purchase is part of Tunisia’s effort to revitalize its air force fleet, which, in addition to the Super Albatross, consists of outdated Marchetti SF.260 trainers and a handful of F-5 fighters.

The latest contract modification for the T-6C follows the signing of a contract between Textron and the Tunisian Air Force for the purchase of four Cessna Grand Caravan EX intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.