According to The Globe and Mail on Sunday, the Canadian military has been testing out a stealth snowmobile that will be utilized for clandestine operations in the Arctic. Though the test-driving process is highly secretive, a few details are known at this time. The snowmobile prototype has been dubbed 'Loki', after the Norse god (or the Tom Hiddleston character if you prefer) and has been undergoing several tests to try out factors such as speed and, of course, noise level.
The project also compares the hybrid snowmobile against available commercial models. A report containing several redactions among the details was issued by the country's Department of National Defence and highlighted the need for an efficient model.
“The prototype must be at least nearly as capable and reliable as a standard internal combustion snowmobile, while providing a significant noise reduction,” the report said.
Globe and Mail also notes that the project, which began in 2011, has a hefty price tag attached to it: around $620,000. The Canadian government is reportedly shifting toward promoting economic development and away from spending on defense initiatives such as Arctic mobility, but the ongoing research project will continue.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to begin a six-day tour of the Arctic region this weekend.