Canadian military has been secretly testing a stealth snowmobile in the Arctic
The Canadian military has been secretly testing a stealth snowmobile in its quest to quietly whisk troops on clandestine operations in the Arctic.
The Canadian Press has learned that soldiers have taken the new hybrid-electric snowmobile prototype on trial runs.
The military has a nickname for its cutting-edge, covert tool: ``Loki,'' after the ``mythological Norse shape-shifting god.''
In one test, military personnel used sound-meter readings to compare the prototype's noise performance against two gas-powered snowmobiles.
Word of the federal hunt for a stealth snowmobile first surfaced two years ago when National Defence's research and development agency posted a public tender.
The project kicked off at a time when the Harper government was making big promises to boost Canada's military muscle in the Far North.
Prime Minister Harper kicked off his annual visit to the North yesterday but the emphasis has shifted to economic development.