ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- BAE Systems is providing the U.S. Army and Marine Corps with 45 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Evacuation System vehicles.
The U.S. Army contract modification, which includes associated vehicle parts, is worth $108.4 million.
"We are a leading provider of recovery vehicles for the U.S. military," said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles at BAE Systems. "Hercules answers the need for cost-efficiency, reliability and high performance for our customers as they retrieve heavy vehicles in the field."
Hercules provides unparalleled capability for recovering today's 70-ton combat vehicles including the M1A1, M1A2, Leopard, bridging systems and other medium-weight vehicles. The M88A2 also offers soldiers additional armor protection and increased engine horsepower, towing power, lifting strength and winching power.
Using remanufactured hulls supplied by the U.S. government, BAE Systems will provide 29 vehicles to the Army and 16 vehicles to the Marine Corps.
Vehicle deliveries will begin in April 2013 and continue through December 2013. Work will be performed by existing workforces at BAE Systems facilities in York, Pa., and Aiken, S.C.