This study evaluates the feasibility of using air cushion vehicles (ACV’s) as year-round patrol craft in the Canadian Arctic, focusing on key areas along the Northwest Passage from the Beaufort Sea to Lancaster Sound. The study concludes that there is no fundamental technical limitation or operating constraint preventing hovercraft from serving year-round in a Canadian Arctic environment, as long as the design and specification re drawn up with specific attention to the expected marine and ice operating environments.

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