At the recent Arctic Council meeting in May the various attending states pledged to keep the Arctic a “low tension” zone. That’s not stopping the United States from preparations for combat in the Arctic or near Arctic conditions. The U.S. Army is currently searching for a new platform or small unit support vehicle (SUSV) which will be able to operate in the snow.
The last time the United States military acquired such a vehicle was 1983 and it is still inuse today. Sometimes weapons acquisitions suggest more about a countries’ intentions then its diplomatic statements. Sweden, another Arctic Council member, is also looking to update its fleet of snow ready vehicles which means a number of countries are concerned about their ability to deploy forces to remote regions of the Arctic.