U.S. Army orders additional Hercules vehicles from BAE Systems

  • 21-May-2009 03:17 EDT
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Hercules provides unparalleled capability for today’s 70-ton (64-t) combat vehicles including the M1A1, M1A2, Leopard, bridging systems, and other medium weight vehicles.
The U.S. Army awarded BAE Systems an $81.4 million contract to produce 39 M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicles and spare parts. Work under the contract will be done by the existing workforce at BAE Systems and is expected to be completed by May 2012. The contract contains options for the U.S. Army to purchase up to 81 additional vehicles and the U.S. Marine Corps to purchase an additional 10 vehicles, as well as six sets of spare parts. To date, 231 Hercules vehicles have been fielded against a total U.S. Army requirement of 607 vehicles. A total of 69 have been fielded to the U.S. Marine Corps, which has pure fleeted to the M88A2 configuration, plus an additional 114 vehicles to four allied nations—Egypt, Kuwait, Thailand, and Australia.
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