The US State Department approved external link a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for 19 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lifting Extraction System (HERCULES) recovery vehicles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $281 million.
The Hercules is a full tracked armored vehicle used to perform battlefield rescue and recovery missions. The M88A2 is essential to the long-term sustainability of Kuwait’s new M1A2 tank fleet for national Defense. Hercules was the primary 70-ton recovery system during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
And, US troops found other capabilities when they used it to pull down the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad on April 9, 2003.
Hercules utilizes a hull designed for the recovery mission and thoroughly proven by US Army testing.