Australia receives M88A2 Hercules vehicles
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has received six new M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lifting Extraction System (Hercules) armoured recovery vehicles worth over $58 million, the Australian DoD announced on 20 April.
The Australian government requested the vehicles under a foreign military sale with the US in January 2015.
The Hercules is a 64 tonne tracked vehicle used primarily for the repair and recovery of tanks (including Abrams) and other vehicles in the battlefield. The new vehicles will join the seven already in operation with the Australian Defence Force.
The vehicles will support the army's armoured units in Darwin and Townsville, and operator and maintenance training at Puckapunyal and Bandiana in Victoria.
All six vehicles have been accepted into service, painted in Australian camouflage and sent to their units.
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