BAE Systems will convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles of US army to M88A2 standard 12604164

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BAE Systems will convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles of US army to M88A2 standard.
The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification worth $109.7 million to convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation Systems (HERCULES) configuration. The conversions allow the M88A2s to recover the Army's heaviest vehicles, such as tanks, without the assistance of another vehicle.
     
The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification worth $109.7 million to convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation Systems (HERCULES) configuration. The conversions allow the M88A2s to recover the Army's heaviest vehicles, such as tanks, without the assistance of another vehicle. U.S. Marines assigned to Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, conduct routine maintenance on a M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicle on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 7, 2013.
     
"The M88A2 HERCULES is an integral part of the Army's Armored Brigade Combat Team and is essential to its recovery missions," said John Tile, director of Recovery Programs at BAE Systems. "The ability to provide single-vehicle recovery for even the heaviest vehicles in today's fleet increases troop safety and provides significant cost savings to the Army."

The HERCULES, which provides recovery support to soldiers in the field, is the only vehicle able to recover the M1 Abrams tank and all of the vehicles required to maneuver with the Armored Brigade Combat Team in a combat environment.

The M88 also plays a critical role in the company's efforts to maintain the Combat Vehicle Industrial Base by supporting a team of highly skilled professionals and protecting the affordability of the Army's combat vehicles. The support of Congress and the Army to protect these vital capabilities through M88 conversions helps sustain the workforce at BAE Systems' facilities and its suppliers, and ensures they will be available to support essential future programs. As the M1 Abrams tank and other combat vehicles become heavier, further modernization of the M88 will be required to continue to provide single-vehicle recovery capability.

The M88A2 is an improved version of the M-88 and M88A1 heavy armoured recovery vehicle. The upgrade was made after a request from the U.S. Army to safely tow and recover battle-damaged, mired or inoperative Abrams main battle tanks.

Work on the contract is expected to begin in August by the existing workforce and will take place primarily at the company's York, Pennsylvania, and Aiken, South Carolina, facilities. Deliveries will begin in November 2017 and continue through August 2018.
 

 

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