The M88 provides towing, winching, and hoisting operations to support battlefield recovery operations and evacuation of heavy tanks and other tracked combat vehicles. Entered Army Service 1997 Description and Specifications 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 Assault Bridge, and heavy self-propelled artillery. Length: 338 in Height: 123 in Width: 144 in Weight: 70 tons Speed: 25 mph w/o load; 17 mph w/ load Cruising range: 200 mi Boom capacity: 35 tons Winch capacity: 70 tons / 670 ft Draw bar pull: 70 tons Armament: One .50-caliber machine gun Power Train: 12 cylinder, 1050 hp air-cooled diesel engine with 3-speed automatic transmission Crew: 3 Manufacturer United Defense, L.P. (York, PA)

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