User Trials with Novel Light Oversnow Vehicles in the Canadian Arctic – Participation in OP Nunalivut 2016


  1. Giesbrecht, J.
  2. Fairbrother, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield Research Centre, Ralston AB (CAN)
In April 2016, DRDC conducted user trials with three types of novel Light Over-Snow Vehicles (LOSV) near Resolute Bay, NU. The purpose was to investigate new ways of operating in the north by testing the DEW D900 diesel powered snowmobile, as well as two enclosed cab tracked all-terrain vehicles (the Polaris Rampage and the Argo DOAMV). These trials were conducted as part of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Op Nunalivut 2016, deploying to an austere bivouac on Little Cornwallis Island, investigating roles such as long-range patrol, logistics, command and control, and casualty evacuation. Trial data was gathered through the use of subjective feedback from soldiers operating the vehicles, as well as by metrics such as distance travelled, fuel economy, speed, etc. It was found that there is utility in the Arctic for both the diesel snowmobile and the enclosed cab tracked vehicles, and that the mobility of both the DEW D900 and Polaris Rampage was adequate for these types of operations. However, it was also clear that there are drawbacks of both types when compared with conventional snowmobiles.

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Arctic;mobility;all-terrain vehicle;light over snow vehicle
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R216 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2016
Number of Pages
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