Hercules gets stronger

The US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command has awarded BAE Systems a $7m contract modification to remanufacture and upgrade four M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicles.

Work will be completed at the company’s York, Pennsylvania facility by January 2010.

The modification is part of a contract award received last November worth $251m to remanufacture 113 vehicles. The $251m contract has since been modified to include four additional vehicles at $7m, which combined with the current modification brings the total value to $265m.

To date 157 Hercules vehicles have been fielded in the Iraq conflict from a total US Army requirement of over 595 vehicles. Sixty have been fielded to the US Marine Corps, which has converted its total fleet to the M88A2 configuration, plus an additional 114 vehicles to allied nations.

Key upgrades from the M88A1 include improved power-assisted braking, improved steering, improved electrical system and increased engine horsepower. These aim to provide increased towing power, lifting strength and winching power.