US firm to co-produce tank recovery vehicles in Egypt

Published May 9th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The US-based United Defense has been awarded a $21.8-million contract to co-produce 13 improved recovery vehicles—HERCULES (Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation)—for the Egyptian Army’s land forces. 


Under the current 13-vehicle contract, United Defense will supply hardware, kits and hull welding in the United States, while machining, welding and final assembly of the 13 vehicles will be conducted in the Egyptian Tank Plant (ETP) in Cairo. 


The HERCULES recovery vehicle makes it possible to safely recover M1 Abrams tanks and other tracked vehicles up to 70 tons. 


United Defense is already co-producing 50 M88A2 HERCULES vehicles for the Egyptian Army under a $94.6 million contract issued in March 1999 by the US Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command. 


Vehicle deliveries began in June 2000 with early delivery of the first three M88A2s, and will continue through July 2002 under the 50-vehicle contact. The new contract will extend deliveries until December 2003. 


United Defense, LP is a leading global developer of armored combat vehicles and weapons systems. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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