Work on the $31.8 million foreign sale contract will be done in York, Pa., and in Aiken. To date, BAE, which has an electronics and engineering services facility in North Charleston, has delivered 16 of the Hercules vehicle systems to the Iraqi military.
Published Oct. 9, 2012
BAE Systems will build eight recovery vehicles for the Iraqi army under a $31.8 million contract, the company said in a news release.
Some of the work will be done at the defense contractor’s land and armaments facility in Aiken. BAE also has a site in North Charleston where the company provides electronics and engineering services to the U.S. Department of Defense.
BAE Systems will build eight recovery vehicles for the Iraqi army under a $31.8 million contract. (Photo/Provided)
Under the foreign military sale contract, BAE will produce eight M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation Systems, also known as Hercules, for the Iraqi army. To date, BAE has produced 16 Hercules vehicles for the Iraqi military, including eight delivered in 2010.
Along with BAE’s Aiken site, work will be done at the company’s operations in York, Pa. New hulls for the M88A2 will be manufactured in York, and the Aiken facility will make parts for the vehicles. Work is expected to begin in late 2013 and be finished in mid-2014.
BAE said the Hercules system can halve the number of recovery vehicles and personnel necessary for recovery missions supporting tank forces.
The contract brings the total value of U.S. government contracts to BAE Systems for the Hercules program to $1.4 billion with more than 500 vehicles fielded, including 75 fielded to the U.S. Marine Corps.