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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: 855
Unitary Cost: USD$4.0 million
Also Known As: Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Evacuation System
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems
Parent System: M60
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1961
Total Production: 15,045
Family Members: M60A1, M60A3, M88A1 and M88A3 HERCULES
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Description: The M60 Patton was developed from M48 Main Battle Tank in the 1950s. It was fielded with the US Army in 1961 equipped with a 105mm cannon as main armament. In addition, it features a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a roof-mounted 12.7 anti-aircraft gun. M60 Main Battle Tank (MBTs) series are powered by Continental AVDS-1790 V12 diesel engine rated at 750-hp. M60s saw combat in the Middle East, Vietnam and Iraq. More than 15,000 M60s were produced for the United States and international customers between 1960 and 1983.

The M88A2 HERCULES is an upgraded version of the M88A1 recovery vehicle. It was designed for safely recovering 70-ton category main battle tanks such as the M1 Abrams. Currently, the M88A2 is fielded with the United States Army, the Marine Corps and the Egyptian Army providing support to the M1A1/A2 Abrams tanks. Australia also purchased seven M88A2 vehicles in support of the M1A1 AIM tanks ordered in 2004. The United States Army requirement is for 595 M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicles, the Marine Corps requirement was originally for 60 vehicles (now 66) and allied nations have purchased an additional 114 vehicles so far. The M88A2 HERCULES are obtained by upgrading existing M88A1 vehicles. As of March 2007, the US Army has fielded 157 HERCULES and the US Marine Corps all its planned HERCULES.

In August 2006 BAE Systems was awarded a $5.1 million contract to provide two M88A2 HERCULES tank recovery vehicles for the US Marine Corps. Deliveries were scheduled for December 2007 with the Marine Corps' M88A2 holdings increased to 66 with the two vehicles on order. On 9 November 2006 the US Army awarded BAE Systems a $251 million contract for the production of M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicles through November 30, 2009. The contract was modified in early March 2007 with deliveries extended through January 2010.

M88A2 HERCULES Specifications

Crew: 3
Height: 3.10 meter (122 inch)
Length: 8.30 meter (327 inch)
Width: 3.40 meter (134 inch)
Power: 1,050 shp (783 kW)
Top Speed: 11.7 mps (42 kph)
Max Weight: 70,000 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 23 news between
3 Oct 2003 and 3 Mar 2020
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020FMS: Morocco Seeks 25 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System Vehicles
Thursday, October 10, 2019FMS: Kuwait Seeks 19 M88A2 HERCULES Recovery Vehicles
Monday, July 8, 2019FMS: Taiwan Requests Sale of 108 M1A2T Abrams Tanks
Tuesday, August 9, 2016FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests 153 M1A2S Main Battle Tanks and 20 M88A1/A2 Recovery Vehicles
Tuesday, April 26, 2016US Army Orders Conversion for 36 M88A2 HERCULES Armored Recovery Vehicles
Monday, July 6, 2015US Army to Upgrade 36 M88A1 to M88A2 HERCULES
Monday, January 26, 2015FMS: Australia Requests Sale of Six M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles
Friday, December 19, 2014FMS: Iraq Requests Sale of 175 M1A1 Abrams Tanks and 15 M88A2 Recovery Tanks
Wednesday, November 12, 2014FMS: Iraq Requests Foreign Military Sales Order II
Monday, October 6, 2014BAE Systems to Upgrade 53 US Army HERCULES Recovery Vehicles

Operators & Related Equipment

M88A2 HERCULES ordered in December 2008 (8), October 2012 (8) and December 2014 (15)
Saudi Arabia20
Saudi Arabia ordered 153 M1A2S tanks and 20 M88A1/A2 recovery vehicles in August 2016 to cover for loses in the war against Yemen.
United States of America698
The US Army requirement is for 607 M88A2s and the US Marine Corps requirement is for 91 M88A2s.
Aug 2011469US Army (394) and US Marine Corps (75)
Jul 2010396US Army (329) and US Marine Corps (67)
May 2009300US Army (231) and US Marine Corps (69)
Mar 2008278US Army (210) and US Marine Corps (68)
Mar 2007223US Army (157) and US Marine Corps (66)

Grand Total 7777
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