M88A1 MRV

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M88A1 MRV: Armored Recovery Vehicle

Statistics

HMG: M2HB
Ammunition Stowage: 100 ready/900 stowed
Default Ammunition: 100/900 .50 cal AP


Grenade Launcher: Grenades
Ammunition Stowage: 2 ready/2 stowed
Default Ammunition: 2/2 Smoke


Armour Protection:
Frontal Turret Armour: N/A
Frontal Hull Armour: Moderate, Steel. Protected vs HMG


Combat Mass: 50.8 tonnes
Engine Power: 750hp Continental AVDS-1790-2DR V12 Diesel
Height: 3.23m
Top Speed: 42kph

General

Originally designed to support the M48/M60 series of tanks, the M88 is a medium, fully tracked, armored vehicle, that performs towing, hoisting, and winching operations in the rescue and recovery of combat vehicles. The modeled M88A1 entered service in 1977 with a new diesel engine/personnel heater/APU, a modified transmission, and a redesigned hydraulic system. Due to the weight disparity between the M88A1 and the M1 series of tanks, the vehicle was upgraded in 1991 to create the M88A2 "Hercules", with additional armor, track skirting, a new engine and transmission, along with additional ballast to raise the vehicle weight to 63.5 tonnes.

At present this and the Wisent ARV are the only vehicles in Steel Beasts that may tow other vehicles. In addition to towing, this vehicle can also perform expedited repairs to other damaged vehicles. Such repairs can be accomplished by moving close (75m) to the unit which requires aid and then waiting. Repairs will automatically commence within a couple of minutes.

  • Note: When recovering a vehicle during MP/online missions, no players should occupy the F6, F7, F8 or F9 positions on the towed vehicle. Doing so may result in further damage to, or destruction of, the towed vehicle and damage to the recovery vehicle as well. Further, users should avoid trees and other obstacles during towing operations to lessen the chance of damaging or "catapulting" either vehicle.

Hitching Vehicles

For the M88 to "hook up", pull within 10 meters of the disabled vehicle and insure that you select the "Tow vehicle" option from the vehicle icon popup menu (small white hull icon in lower right corner, with a left click).
Selecting the "Tow vehicle" command
Then with the green cross now visible, hold it over the unit you wish to "tow" and left click again (the name will appear if the vehicle is in the range for towing). If you back up to the unit you want to hook up to it's easier to drive away, and note the "tow cable" is not yet visible (maybe in a subsequent software release).

The distance from the towed vehicle is about 50ft so keep that in mind when moving around, you'll also notice that your speed is reduced. To minimize the chance of damaging either vehicle, towing speeds should be restricted to "slow".
Selecting the vehicle to be hitched
To unlatch the towed unit, go to the "hull" icon again and select the "unlatch/unhook" option.
Unhitching a towed vehicle