M88A2 Hercules Recovery Vehicle
The M88A2 Hercules is a full-tracked, armored vehicle that uses the existing M88A1 chassis but significantly improves towing, winching, lifting, and braking characteristics. The Hercules is the primary recovery support for the Abrams tank fleet, the heavy ᴀssᴀuʟт ʙʀιᴅԍᴇ, and heavy self-propelled ᴀʀтιʟʟᴇʀʏ.
Manufacturer United Defense
Service: US Army, US Marine Corps
Engine: 12 cylinder, 1050 hp air-cooled diesel engine
Speed: 25 mph
Range: 200 miles
Armament: 1x M2 .50 cᴀʟιʙᴇʀ мᴀcнιɴᴇ ԍuɴ
The HERCULES was the primary 70-ton recovery system during Operation Iraqi Freedom. And, U.S. troops found a few other creative uses for its capabilities when they used it to pull down the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad on April 9, 2003. HERCULES utilizes a hull designed for the recovery mission and thoroughly proven by U.S. Army testing. Stability and performance are unmatched by any alternate tank-based design.
HERCULES offers operational and logistics commonality with the existing M88A1 fleet, simplifying training and parts availability. Key upgrades include improved power-assisted braking, improved steering, improved electrical system and increased engine horsepower.
HERCULES features overlay armor protection, ʙᴀʟʟιsтιc skirts, a longer 35-ton boom, a 140,000-pound (63,504 kg) constant pull main winch with 280 feet of cable, and an auxiliary three-ton winch to aid main winch cable deployment. The M88A2 HERCULES is built and equipped to be the world’s recovery champion.