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BAE Systems To Remanufacture And Upgrade Hercules Tank Recovery Transporters

The M88A2 HERCULES is a full-tracked, armored vehicle that uses the existing M88A1 chassis but significantly improves towing, winching, lifting, and braking characteristics. The HERCULES is the primary recovery support for the Abrams tank fleet, the heavy Assault Bridge, and heavy self-propelled artillery.

York PA (SPX) Jun 30, 2005
BAE Systems has been awarded a contract modification worth $143.1 million from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to remanufacture and upgrade 59 M88A2 Hercules Improved Recovery vehicles, and provide system technical support and spares.

Under the contract modification, BAE Systems will remanufacture and upgrade 53 Vehicles for the Army and six vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps.

"Hercules is the most cost-effective system in the world designed for safely recovering 70-ton main battle tanks. The improved power, winch capability, steering and braking make the recovery mission safer and easier for soldiers and Marines," said John G. Tile, BAE Systems' program director for Recovery Systems.

Hercules provides unparalleled capability for recovering today's 70-ton combat vehicles and answers the need for cost-effective, self-supporting heavy recovery performance.

Key upgrades from the M88A1 include improved power-assisted braking, improved steering, improved electrical system and increased engine horsepower, 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.

Under the contract, BAE Systems will deliver vehicles to the Army and Marine Corps beginning in August 2006 and continuing through November 2007. The vehicles will be remanufactured from existing M88A1 vehicles selected for upgrade.

Following vehicle teardown at the Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Ala., BAE Systems will remanufacture, assemble and test vehicles at the company's facility in York, Pa., with support from its Aiken, S.C. plant.

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