Morris Material Handling (Milwaukee, Wis.) was awarded a $4.6 million contract from BAE Systems (York, Penn.) to provide 62 new P&H 140 Winches as a part of a contact awarded to BAE Systems from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The P&H 140 winch is a major component of the M88A2 HERCULES Recovery Vehicle, manufactured by BAE Systems who will be remanufacturing and upgrading 59 vehicles over the next two years. Three additional winches will be kept on hand as spares.
According to John G. Tile, BAE Systems’ program director for Recovery Systems, “HERCULES is the most cost-effective system in the world designed for safely recovering 70-ton main battle tanks. The improved power, winch capability, steering and braking makes the recovery mission safer and easier for soldiers and Marines.” CWO Michael Lamb, Project Officer for the Hercules Tank who just came back from Iraq said, “That winch of yours is the talk of the town. They used it to not only recover vehicles but also to move supplies, transport medical centers, teardown buildings and move disabled Iraq vehicles out of the way. It’s such a workhorse. Thank you for everything.”
P&H began working with United Defense (now BAE Systems) back in the late 80's developing a winch that would increase the capacity of their recovery vehicle. After prototype and test, production kicked in during the mid 90's. To date P&H has manufactured a total of 435 Winches. The winch will be manufactured at Morris’ Watertown and Windsor, Wis. plants, and shipped to BAE Systems Ground System Division in York, Penn. between April 2006 and July 2007.
Source: Morris Material Handling