System improvements consist of an upgraded power pack (engine and
transmission), higher winch and hoist capacities, increased
tow/breaking performance, and increased armor protection. The Hercules
includes additional weight (approximately 70 tons), an upgraded
suspension, power-assisted brakes, and an improved hydraulic system.
The Hercules will possess an auxiliary power unit to operate no-load
recovery components and impact tools without running the engine.
Additionally, the Hercules will be transportable worldwide by highway,
rail, marine, and air in accordance with the Military Traffic
Management Command Transportation Engineering Agency (MTMCTEA)
transportability engineering analysis.
Background: The M88A1E1 Hercules
Recovery Vehicle will provide towing capability for modern and future
tanks. The Hercules is replacing the present M88 which is unable to tow
the newer, heavier M1A1 tanks.
Ascending Grade: 60 deg
Descending Grade: 60 deg
Side Slope Grade: 30 deg
Vertical Obsticle: 42 inches
Trench Crossing Width: 8' - 6"
Fording Depth: 56 inches (90 inches w/ fording kit)