YORK, Pennsylvania — BAE Systems was recently awarded a contract for $70 million to convert 30 M88A1 hulls into M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) vehicles and provide associated spare parts. HERCULES is the latest configuration in the M88 family of vehicles.
|The M88A2 HERCULES is the latest configuration in the M88 family of vehicles
Source: BAE Systems
HERCULES provides unparalleled capability for recovering today’s 70-ton combat vehicles including the M1A1, M1A2, Leopard, bridging systems and other medium weight vehicles and answers the need for cost-effective, self-supporting heavy recovery performance. Key upgrades from the M88A1 to M88A2 HERCULES configuration include improved power-assisted braking, steering, electrical system and increased engine horsepower and additional armor protection, providing soldiers and Marines with 25 percent more towing muscle, 40 percent more lifting strength and 55 percent more winching power in meeting any mission requirement.
“The HERCULES is a stable, cost efficient vehicle that provides high recovery performance to our soldiers, Marines and Allied Forces,” said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Heavy Brigade Combat Team Systems for BAE Systems.
Vehicle deliveries will begin in November 2012 and continue through March 2013. Work will be performed by the existing workforces at the BAE Systems facility in York, Pennsylvania. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
This award brings the total value of U.S. Government contracts BAE Systems has been awarded on the HERCULES program to $1.3 billion. To date, 329 HERCULES vehicles have been fielded against an overall U.S. Army requirement of 607 vehicles. A total of 67 vehicles have been fielded to the U.S. Marine Corps, which has pure fleeted to the M88A2 configuration, plus an additional 114 vehicles to four allied nations — Egypt, Kuwait, Thailand and Australia.
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