Tank Recovery Vehicle

The M88 Heavy Recovery Vehicle was introduced in 1961, with the improved M88A1 introduced in 1977 and the latest upgrade, the M88A2 Hercules fielding in 1997. The M88's primary role is to repair or replace damaged parts in fighting vehicles while under fire, as well as extricate vehicles that have become bogged down or entangled. The M88A2 is capable of a 70-ton, single line recovery and its A-frame boom can lift 35 tons.

M88A2 Hercules Tank Recovery Vehicle
M88A2 Hercules Tank Recovery Vehicle

M88 Technical Manuals

M88 Tank Technical Bulletins

M88 Tank Maintenance Work Orders

M88 Tank Lubrication Orders

M88 Key Characteristics


  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Driver

Mobility (M88A2)

  • Engine Power: 1050 hp
  • Speed Limit: 48 km/h


  • Gun: M2 .50 cal heavy machine gun
  • Ammunition: 1300 rounds

Biography of the M88

M88 Variants