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BAE Systems’ Recovery Vehicles to Receive Upgrades



  BAE Systems’ Recovery Vehicles to Receive Upgrades

Business Wire

YORK, Pa. -- April 24, 2013

BAE Systems received a $28.7 million contract to upgrade 11 M88A1 Medium
Recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift
Evacuation System (HERCULES) configuration. HERCULES is the improved recovery
system of choice for today’s 70-ton combat vehicles.

BAE Systems will upgrade 11 M88A1 Medium Recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Heavy
Equipment Recovery Com ...

BAE Systems will upgrade 11 M88A1 Medium Recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Heavy
Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES)
configuration. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“The M88A2 is able to hoist and tow twice the weight than that of an M88A1,
including an M1 Abrams tank, and is an essential component in helping our
Armed Forces to fulfill successful recovery missions,” said Mark Signorelli,
vice president and general manager or Armored Combat Systems at BAE Systems.
“This contract demonstrates the continued need to invest in the HERCULES and
shows the Army’s commitment to the irreplaceable role it serves.”

The M88A2 HERCULES offers operational and logistics commonality with the
existing M88A1 fleet, which provides simplified training and parts
availability benefits to the end-user. Key upgrades for the HERCULES include:
improved power-assisted braking, steering, winching, hoisting, and increased
horsepower. HERCULES has the lowest acquisition, operational and maintenance
cost of any 70-ton capable recovery system, answering the need for
cost-effective, self-supporting heavy recovery performance. The M88A2 provides
unparalleled capability for recovering today’s 70-ton combat vehicles
including the M1A1, M1A2, Leopard MBT, bridging systems, and other medium
weight vehicles.

The upgrade work will be performed by the existing workforce at BAE Systems
operations in York, Pennsylvania and Aiken, South Carolina. The contract was
awarded by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command with deliveries
to conclude in March 2014. The award brings the total value of U.S. Government
contracts that BAE Systems has been awarded on the HERCULES program to $2.1
billion. To date, 575 HERCULES vehicles have been fielded against an overall
U.S. Army requirement of 632 vehicles, and a total of 84 vehicles have been
fielded to the U.S. Marine Corps.

The M88 plays a critical role the company’s campaign to maintain the Bradley
Industrial Base by protecting the affordability of the Army’s combat vehicles.
BAE Systems’ York facility is responsible for four of the five U.S. Army
Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) vehicles, including the Bradley and the
M88. In addition to proposing that Congress provide base level investment in
critical combat vehicle improvements, BAE Systems is working with the Army to
secure increased funding for the M88 program to help carry the workload at the
facility.

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Contact:

BAE Systems
Shannon Booker, +1 703-907-8231
Mobile: +1 703-967-3854
shannon.booker@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com
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