BAE Systems has received $112m contract from the US Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to provide technical support to the fleet of M88 recovery vehicles.
Under the Systems Technical Support and Sustainment Systems Technical Support contract, BAE will deliver services and products in support of M88A1 and M88A2 recovery vehicles to the Army, the US Marine Corps, and foreign military sales customers over the next four years.
BAE Systems recovery vehicles director John G. Tile said: “The M88 is critical to the military’s recovery missions of the heaviest vehicles in the fleet.
“Whether our vehicles are coming off the assembly line or deployed in theatre, we are committed to providing the highest quality vehicle and full life-cycle support of the M88.
"This award continues the long-standing relationship of programme management, engineering, logistics, and field service support to the army and other customers of the M88 programme.”
Work under the contract will be carried out by the current workforce at the company’s facilities in San Jose, California; York, Pennsylvania; and Sterling Heights, Michigan; as well as by field service representatives stationed at military facilities worldwide.
Weighing more than 70t, the M88 vehicle has been designed to provide recovery support to troops in the field.
The M88 is the only vehicle able to recover the M1 Abrams tank and all of the vehicles required to manoeuvre with the Armored Brigade Combat Team during battle.
Image: The BAE Systems-built M88 vehicle has been designed to provide recovery support to troops in the field. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.