Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Tunis

Historical (Pre-Arab Invasion)

Recent Historical
Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956.
1982- After being pushed out of Lebanon by israeli forces, the Palestine Liberation Organization relocates in Tunisia.
1 October 1985- israeli F-15 aircraft attack PLO headquarters in Hammam al Shatt, Tunisia.
PLO forces were based in Tunis until 1991.

Armee de l'Air Tunisienne
Air Force
4,000 personnel (2008)

Airfields at Bizerte (Sidi-Ahmad), Gabes, Gafsa, Sfax.

F-16 fighter aircraft (12 on order)
F-5 Tiger II fighter aircraft (19-21)

L-59 trainer/light attack aircraft (12)

Aermacchi MB-326 trainer/light attack aircraft (19-28)

SIAI Marchetti SF 260 trainer aircraft (21)

C-130 transport aircraft (14)

Aeritalia G.222 transport aircraft (5)
Let L-410 transport aircraft (5)

Boeing 737 transport aircraft (1)
Dassault Falcon 20 transport aircraft (2)
SIAI Marchetti S.208 aircraft (4)
Hughes MD-500 Defender helicopters used in attack role (4)
SA.342 Gazelle helicopters used in attack role (8)

Sikorsky S-76 Spirit (2)?
Agusta Bell AB 412 helicopters (4)
SA.330 Puma helicopter (1)
Agusta Bell 212 helicopters (4)
Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters (18)

Agusta Bell AB 205 helicopters (18)
AS.355 Ecureuil II helicopters (2)
AS.350 Ecureuil helicopters (12)
AS.316 Alouette III helicopters (8)
AS.313 Alouette II helicopters (7)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles?
NASNAS Mk 1 short range UAV. Tunisian made.
Super NASNAS short range UAV. Tunisian made.
Jbelassa UAV. Tunisian made.

AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles
BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles (used on MD-500 Defender helicopters)
HOT anti-tank guided missiles (used on SA.342 Gazelle helicopters)

TRS-2230 radars. French made.
TRS-2100 Tiger-S radars. French made.
Giraffe-40 radars. Swedish made.

Marine Tunisienne
4,800 personnel (2008)

Naval facilities at Bizrete, Kelibia, Sfax, Sousse, Tunis, La Goulette

Combattante IIIM Class Fast Patrol Boats with MM-40 Exocet missiles. (3)
501 La Galite

502 Tunis

503 Carthage

Type 143 Albatros Class Fast Patrol Boats with MM38 Exocet missiles? (6)
510 Giscon
509 Hasdrubal
508 Hannibal

507 Himilcon
506 Hannon
505 Hamilcar

P48 Bizerte Class Fast Patrol Boats (3)

Gun Boats. Modified Hazhui/Shanghai II Class. (3-5)
Gun Boats. Barcelo or Barcleo? Class (On order)
Patrol Boats (45)

Landing Craft, Tank (1)
Mine Warfare vessels (6)
Survey Ship. Robert Conard Class (1)
Tanker vessel (1)
Other auxiliary vessels (9)

MM-40 Exocet anti-ship missiles

The Nord SS.12 anti-ship missiles (no longer is service)

Mk-44 torpedoes (25)

Naval Aviation
Sikorsky HH-3 Pelican (2)

Sikorsky S-61 Pelican (16)?
Sikorsky SH-60 Sea Hawk (12 on order)
AS.365 Dauphin II (1)

Tunisian naval personnel

Naval Special Forces

27,000 personnel (2008 est.)

Leopard 2A4 tanks (54 on order)
AMX-30 tanks (30 on order from Saudi Arabia)
M60A3 Patton tanks (59)

M60A1 Patton tanks (30)

M48A5 Patton tanks (26-30)
SK-105 Kurassier light tanks (55-80)

V150 4x4 wheeled armored personnel carriers (20)
BMC Kirpi- Turkish made mine resistant armored personnel carriers
Fahd 240/280 Egyptian made 4x4 wheeled armored personnel carriers (On order)
EE-11 Urutu 6x6 wheeled armored personnel carriers

Fiat 6614 4x4 wheeled armored personnel carriers

VXB-170 4x4 wheeled armored personnel carriers
M113 armored personnel carriers

M577 armored command vehicles
EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles
Panhard AML-60 4x4 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles with mortar.
Panhard AML-90 4x4 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles

EE-3 Jararaca 4x4 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles
HMMWV utility vehicles (32)

M901 ITV with TOW missiles

HET M1000
Land Rover Defenders
M151 MUTT 4x4 wheeled vehicles (Jeeps)
Unimog U-4000
Unimog U-5000

M198 towed 155mm howitzers (57)
M114 towed 155mm howitzers (30)
M101 towed 105mm howitzers (45)

M106 107mm mortar carriers with M30 mortars.
M125 81mm mortar carriers with M29 mortars.
MO-120-RT-61 120mm mortars
M30 107mm mortars
M29 81mm mortars
Hotchkiss-Brandt 60mm Commando light mortars

BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles
MILAN anti-tank guided missiles
LRAC F1 shoulder fired anti-tank rocket launchers

M20 Super Bazooka shoulder fired anti-tank rocket launchers
M40 106mm recoilless guns
M18 57mm recoilless guns

Mk 19 40mm grenade launchers

Barrett M82A1 .50 cal sniper/anti-material rifles
Browning M2HB .50 cal machine guns
Browning M1919 .30 cal machine guns

M60 machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
FN Minimi machine guns
Steyr AUG assault rifles (Standard Issue)

FN FAL assault rifles
M16 assault rifles
M4 carbine
MP-5 sub-machine guns
Uzi sub-machine guns
Beretta Model 38 sub-machine guns
Sterling sub-machine guns
Browning Hi-Power pistols

RASIT ground surveillance radars

Air Defense
Skyguard Air Defense System with Aspide surface-to-air missiles and GDF-002 twin 35mm anti-aircraft guns.(24 on order from Egypt)
Sinai-23 Air defense System with 4x Strela 2 surface-to-air missiles and ZU-23-2 twin 23mm anti-aircraft guns on a M113 armored personnel carrier (18 on order from Egypt)
MIM-72 Chaparral surface-to-air missiles (62)
RBS-70 surface-to-air missiles (48)
(Strela 2) shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles (100)
M163 Vulcan self propelled 20mm air defense guns (26)
M42 Duster self propelled twin 40mm guns (18)
Type 55 towed 37mm anti-aircraft guns (15)
Type 65 towed 37mm anti-aircraft guns (15)
M-55 towed 20mm anti-aircraft guns. Yugoslavian made. (100)

Garde Nationale
National Guard
12,000 personnel (2008)

Police Special Forces


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