BAE Systems has secured a $110.4 million contract to upgrade the U.S. Army’s recovery vehicles to the Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation Systems variant.
The company said Monday it will convert 36 M88A1 recovery units to the M88A2 Hercules configuration and will start deliveries of the upgraded vehicles by January 2017.
“The Hercules is an integral part of the U.S. Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team and essential to its recovery missions as the fleet becomes heavier, ” said John Tile, director of recovery programs at BAE Systems.
According to the company, the Hercules configuration is intended for the retrieval of mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles and M1 Abrams tank on the battlefield.
BAE Systems will carry out work at its facilities in Aiken, South Carolina, and York, Pennsylvania.