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Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
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):
Family Members: M60A1
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.
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.
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.
M60 items 1992-2012 View full report
Chart includes M60A1 (2,078), M60A3 (1,608), M88A2 HERCULES (60)
M88A2 HERCULES Specifications
Height: 3.10 meter
Length: 8.30 meter
Width: 3.40 meter
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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M88A2 HERCULES News
There are 13 news between
3 Oct 2003 and 25 Jul 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013FMS: Iraq Requests Multi-Platform Maintenance SupportWednesday, April 24, 2013BAE Systems to Upgrade 11 US Army M88A1 to M88A2 HERCULES StandardMonday, October 8, 2012Iraqi Army to Receive Eight More M88A2 Hercules Armored Recovery VehiclesTuesday, August 2, 2011US Army and Marine Corps Order 45 M88A2 HERCULES Recovery VehiclesFriday, May 27, 2011General Dynamics Awarded Contract to Deliver Through Life Support for ASLAV, M1A1 and M88A2 FleetsTuesday, August 31, 2010Saab Barracuda Deliveries SOLSCONS to the US Marine CorpsWednesday, July 7, 2010US Army Orders Conversion of 30 M88A1 to M88A2 HERCULES ConfigurationMonday, May 11, 2009US Army Orders 39 Additional M88A2 HERCULESThursday, April 2, 2009US Army Orders 39 M88A2 Hercules Recovery VehiclesWednesday, December 10, 2008FMS: Iraq Seeks 140 M1A1M Abrams Tanks
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