The M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicle is our military`s triple A of tank retrievers. Standing 10 feet and 6 inches tall, 12 feet wide and herculean 28 feet long, is bound to grasp our attention. It`s a 70 ton machine that is 40% heavier than anything you will normally see on civilian streets. It`s marching to the tune of a monstrous V12, 790cc engine that provides 1050HP! The Hercules can hook up and haul up to 140 tons. It can speed up to 26 mph. Besides hauling, it can also line up and lift up to 35 tons of heavy armor.
If the motto for the military is to not leave any man behind, than the motto for the Hercules must be -- leave no machine behind. Lucky for all of us, we can witness this mammoth machine in action right in this video. This is happening back in 2011 at the Combat Outpost Shir Ghazay that is located in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicle is used here to help with transporting a damaged Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP-Vehicle) onto a trailer. The Hercules is the perfect machine for retrieving any tank or other combat vehicle that may go down in the combat zone.
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