London-based defense contractor BAE Systems has received a $28.7 million Army contract to upgrade 11 M88A1 medium recovery vehicles to the Hercules configuration at its York County and Aiken, S.C., facilities, according to the company.
The Hercules is the heavy equipment recovery system for 70-ton combat vehicles. They are armored track vehicles used for hoisting and towing other vehicles and materials in support of the Abrams tank and mobile artillery fleets, according to the Army.
It can hoist and tow twice the weight that an M88A1 can, said Mark Signorelli, BAE's vice president and general manager of armored combat systems.
BAE is expected to complete the work by March 31, 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The award brings the total value of contracts that BAE has been awarded on the Hercules program to $2.1 billion, the company said.
To date, 575 Hercules vehicles have been fielded against an overall U.S. Army requirement of 632 vehicles, according to BAE. Another 84 vehicles have been fielded to the U.S. Marine Corps.