M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System

Tankograd Publishing
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The M88A2 HERCULES is combat-proven, fully tracked, steel-armoured recovery vehicle that performs hoisting, winching and towing operations. Its is equipped to assist in the repair of disabled vehicles under general field conditions and to recover vehicles under hostile fire. Technically improved for greater performance, the M88A2 was also equipped with passive add-on armour consisting of homogenous rolled armour stelle mounted onto the cast steel hull, as well as new ballistic skirts to protect the suspension. The new armour is supposed to be able to absorb direct hits from 30mm armour-piercing (AP) ammunition and 152mm indirect fire fragmentation.