Why Canada Spent $597,000 On A ‘Stealth Snowmobile’

 

(Durham University)

 

” The Canadian Press reports that the quiet, hybrid-electric snowmobile was commissioned in 2011 as part of Canada’s long-term military buildup in the Arctic, where melting ice is opening access to a part of the world with lots of natural resources and sketchy territorial claims. A prototype was reportedly designed to help conduct “winter operations” on a variety of terrains and to operate more quietly than other models on the market.

Arctic claims, as it turns out, are highly contested and terribly passive-aggressive, even more than 60 years after Canada resettled Inuit families in Resolute Bay to assert its sovereignty there. International treaties have, for the most part, neatly divided up the lands around the Arctic: No one owns the North Pole, but Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark/Greenland and Norway have extended their borders northward to claim the territories around it.”