14th Ordnance Battalion 95th Regiment

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Tanks. Being tanks.
02/14/2021

Tanks. Being tanks.

M88 ARV

The M88 has been the primary heavy recovery asset of the US military and beyond for over fifty years. Both the US Army and USMC and many foreign armies from Brazil to Australia along with many continental Europe and Middle Eastern nations operate the M88, proving the vehicle is one of the best ARVs on the market. Obviously the US is the biggest user with nearly 700 A1s and A2s in service. The same amount have been sold all across the globe with the next biggest user been Egypt with nearly 300 m88s in service

The first M88 first rolled of the production line in 1961 and has served many nations with great distinction in battle and peace time. The original M88 served 16 years before replacement in 1977 with the M88A1. The A1 served another 20 years before the next variant appered. A further upgrade was sought in 1991, as it required two M88A1s to tow a single M1 Abrams MBT. The result was the M88A2, which ushered in a standardisation of the older m88 fleet.

Even though the M88’s three iterations are based on the old hulls of the M48 (M88) and M60 (M88A1 and A2), the vehicle has weathered the test of time as a useful asset on the battlefield, a testament to the original designer's and manufacturing company, Bowen Mclaughlin York. Production and support for the fleet was originally handled by BMY until 1994 when United Defence and Anniston Army Depot took over and guided and molded the m88 until 2005. They were bought out by BAE Systems, who subsequently took over the development of the A1 and A2 at a crucial point. On the 20th February 2017, BAE confirmed a $28M USD contract was made to upgrade 11 M88A2s to M88A2 HERCULES (Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lifting Excavation System) standards by the end of summer this year at the York plant in Pennsylvania (Edit: Hercules acronym covers all A2s, not just an upgrade portion).

At first, the M88 had a five-man crew but very quickly it was reduced and all versions used a 3-man crew and have been armed with the good old M2 browning 50.cal for close-in defense. Both versions use a Continental twin turbo diesel engine (a version of the AVDS-1790 used by both the M48 and M60). The M88 an M88A1 used the 750hp engine while the heavier A2 uses a modified version that kicks out a mighty 1050hp engine, kicking the vehicles to a respectable 26mph (on the a1) and 30mph (on the A2). Even though the A2 is only 4mph faster, it is nearly 13 tons heavier while still sharing the same 3-speed gearbox and torsion bar suspension.

The M88’s role is the repair of damaged vehicles and the recovery of combat-damaged or bogged-in vehicles, potentially while under fire. A big selling point of the M88A2 is its impressive recovery strength while using a single line: it can, using a single tow line, recover a vehicle up to 70 tons or with both its tow lines can tow 140 tons (Edit: but both winches do not provide 140t of pulling power, the main winch provides 70t and 140t in a 2:1 configuration with snatch block, minus friction of rigging. The aux winch is only for paying out and paying in the main winch cable). Its strong A-frame boom crane can lift a gross weight of 35t Along with its incredible recovery capability, The M88A2’s protection level was massively improved to resist 30mm AP shells across its frontal arc and the same level of protection for the sides of the crew module, plus armored side skirts and full NBC protection. Smoke dischargers were added to produce a protective screen, something the earlier m88s lacked.

In Afghanistan, the crane was also seen as an asset in itself in aiding the installation of defensive walls for both ISAF and Afghan security forces at patrol bases provide essential protection to units setting up or repairing bases as well as its routine recovery tasking. During 2003 M88A1s deployed to Iraq where they were used to great effect removing Iraqi defenses and aided US forces to install their own fortifications. During March that year, an M88 took the screen in a memorable event that was seen to symbolize a new, free Iraq. Local Iraqis flagged down a passing M88 and requested the US soldiers use the crane to rip down a massive statue of Saddam Hussein in front of a massive crowd of jubilant Iraqis.

Having spoken to many A2 operators. a common problem was always spoken about was a high failure rate of the main winch cables. If correct tension on the cables was not kept, the cables had a tendency to twist and bunch up around the other cables, causing ‘bird-nesting’. While this is a common issue in recovery vehicles, untangling this mess on the M88 was a lengthy task.

Being an ex Challenger 2 crewman, I believe it is unbelievably important to have assets like these M88 ARV, CRARRV etc (a British ARV based on the Challenger hull but is very similar to the M88) readily available alongside armored vehicle units. Recovery vehicles provide the ability to get mechanics to a stricken vehicle and either get it rapidly back in the fight or drag it back to a Level 2 maintenance location so it can get the TLC it needs. I have seen these recovery vehicles literally drag IED victim vehicles back to camps without trouble. To a crewman of a vehicle that's as heavy as Chally or Abrams, it is a great feeling in the back of your head that if you got immobilized there is a backup plan to get you out of danger. At 57 years old, however, one wonders how many years the old girl is gonna serve before being retired and an ARV based of the M1 hull comes into service.

Dusty

12/19/2020

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12/16/2020

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12/14/2020
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12/03/2020

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SFC Balarezo receiving his Master Instructor Frame and ARCOM. As an instructor there is no greater goal. Job well done.
11/21/2020

SFC Balarezo receiving his Master Instructor Frame and ARCOM. As an instructor there is no greater goal. Job well done.

11/20/2020

Congratulations to SFC Lowry, for been awarded a ARCOM for all his hard work as the unit's Safety officer. Job well done.

11/16/2020

Let's give a big round of applause to SGT VAZQUEZ ELLERY, on successfully graduating H8 wheel recovery.

10/24/2020

Congratulations to the newest H9, track recovery NCO. SSG Jason Rogers.

Please read memo, concerning promotion.
10/09/2020

Please read memo, concerning promotion.

SSG MCDOUGAL, was awarded a ARCOM for all his hard work while he was assigned to the BN as the ATRRS OPERATOR. We wish y...
10/05/2020

SSG MCDOUGAL, was awarded a ARCOM for all his hard work while he was assigned to the BN as the ATRRS OPERATOR. We wish you the best in your new indebers. Congratulations.

04/04/2020

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40 seconds V crunches, 20 seconds rest
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04/01/2020

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03/25/2020
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We had a variety of great training opportunities at our March Battle Assembly. From weapons qualification and land navig...
03/15/2020

We had a variety of great training opportunities at our March Battle Assembly. From weapons qualification and land navigation to NBC Chamber and SINCGARS training. Check out our photos from that weekend!

“One Team!” ⚙️ “Go Ordnance” 💣

Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Meza and Staff Sgt. Rogers on their promotion to E6!!“One Team!” ⚙️ “Go Ordnance” 💣
03/15/2020

Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Meza and Staff Sgt. Rogers on their promotion to E6!!

“One Team!” ⚙️ “Go Ordnance” 💣

The sun is out and about in DFW today! Perfect weather for a little stroll in the park or a little ruck march. “One team...
03/10/2020

The sun is out and about in DFW today! Perfect weather for a little stroll in the park or a little ruck march.

“One team!” ⚙️ “Go Ordnance!” 💣

Sergeant First Class Lowry at his annual training instructing rigging methods to students for the H8 ASI (additional ski...
02/29/2020

Sergeant First Class Lowry at his annual training instructing rigging methods to students for the H8 ASI (additional skill identifier).

The H8 ASI is a specialized course to train Soldiers to operate and maintain recovery vehicles and how to use standard procedures to rig and recover wheeled vehicles.

“One Team!” ⚙️ Go Ordnance! 💣

02/18/2020
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02/16/2020
ALC Instructor SFC Valles at another successful Mission at RTSM HOOD. Way to go.
02/11/2020

ALC Instructor SFC Valles at another successful Mission at RTSM HOOD. Way to go.

Congratulations SGT Tappin for your re-enlistment into the Army Reserves.
02/11/2020

Congratulations SGT Tappin for your re-enlistment into the Army Reserves.

Congratulations SSG Ramirez,  SGT Roger's and SGT Burch for your re-enlistment into the Army Reserves.
02/11/2020

Congratulations SSG Ramirez, SGT Roger's and SGT Burch for your re-enlistment into the Army Reserves.

Congratulations to SFC Balarezo for achieving the Master Army Instructor Badge. SFC  Balarezo was the only Senior instru...
02/11/2020

Congratulations to SFC Balarezo for achieving the Master Army Instructor Badge. SFC Balarezo was the only Senior instructor that was recommended to be awarded the MAIB by the Master Instructor Board held in November at FT. Gordon. He is passionate about teaching and a true asset to the team. Thank you for all that you do, Go Ordnance!!!

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