The US Department of State has approved the possible sale of up to six BAE Systems M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) recovery vehicles to Australia.
The proposed sale has an estimated cost of US$47 million, includes associated equipment, parts and logistical support.
“The proposed sale will enhance Australia’s capability to conduct heavy ground operations,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated. “Australia will use this equipment to support its deterrent capabilities against regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence. Australia, which currently operates M88A2s, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional M88A2s into its inventory.”