$143M for M88A2 Hercules Armored Recovery Vehicles
BAE Systems in York, PA received a $143 million modification to a firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the production and system technical support for M88A2 Hercules armored recovery vehicles.
The M88A2 HERCULES [Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System], formerly the M88A1E1 Improved Recovery Vehicle, addresses a long-standing US Army need to upgrade its recovery vehicles to safely tow and recover battle-damaged, mired or inoperative 70-ton M1 Abrams tanks.
The HERCULES, using M88A1 hulls modified to specification by Anniston Army Depot, upgrades the basic M88 chassis to meet the increased demands of towing, winching, and lifting the M1, M1A1, and M1A2 tanks and lighter vehicles like the LAVs, M1133 Strykers, M2/M3 Bradleys, et. al.
Work will be performed in York, PA (98%), and Aiken, SC (2%), and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2008. This was a sole source contract initiated on March 17, 2005 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI (DAAE07-01-C-N030).