BAE Systems, a global defense, security and aerospace company with operations in Sterling Heights, has been awarded a $109.7-million to convert recovery vehicles into heavy equipment recovery combat utility lift evacuation systems for the U.S. Army.
“The Hercules (system) is an integral part of the Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team and is essential to its recovery missions,” says John Tile, director of recovery programs at BAE Systems. “The ability to provide single-vehicle recovery for even the heaviest vehicles in today’s fleet increases troop safety and provides significant cost savings to the Army.”
Title says the Hercules system provides recovery support to soldiers in the field, and is the only vehicle able to recover the M1 Abrams tank and other vehicles in a combat environment. He says as the M1 Abrams tank and other combat vehicles become heavier, further modernization of the system will be required.
Work on the contract is expected to begin in August by the existing workforce and will take place primarily at the company’s York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina facilities. Deliveries will begin in November 2017.