Kuwait to buy Heavy Equipment Recovery Vehicles worth $281M

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Kuwait to buy Heavy Equipment Recovery Vehicles worth $281M

The United States has given a green signal to Kuwait's request of acquiring Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lifting Extraction System (HERCULES) recovery vehicles, and related support valued at $281 million.

The M88A2 HERCULES is a full tracked armored vehicle used to perform battlefield rescue and recovery missions.

"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for nineteen (19) M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $281 million," Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

The Government of Kuwait had requested a possible sale of nineteen (19) M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicles and nineteen (19) .50 caliber machine guns. Also included is the refurbishment/overhaul of existing fleet of M88Al/A2 recovery vehicles; M239 Smoke Grenade Launchers; AN/PVS-7D Night Vision Goggles; Driver Vision Enhancer DVE-CV (platform-mounted Night Vision Device) for vehicles; Vehicle Intercom Set (VIC-3); Commander's Cupola gun shield assembly for vehicle crew chief; Remote Thermal Sights/kits (vehicle-mounted sights); SINCGARS AN-VRC92E Export Radio System and support; logistics support fielding packages; special tools and test equipment; spare and maintenance support parts for vehicles and machine guns; transportation services; Repair and Return services for vehicle components; de-processing team; contractor System Technical Support (STS) and Field Service Representatives (FSRs); training; and U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The principal contractors involved in this program are the BAE Systems - York, PA; US Ordnance - McCarran, NV; DRS Technologies - Arlington, VA; Harris Corp. - Tysons Corner, VA; Northrup Grumman - West Falls Church, VA; and Raytheon - McKinney, TX. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.