The vehicle to which the hon. gentleman refers has not yet been fully developed. Naturally the department is watching the progress of that development with great interest. I think it will be a couple of years yet before this particular type of vehicle becomes operational. If I recall correctly, money has been voted for the development; some $2.5 million has been contributed by the government toward the development of this Avro car project.
At the present time we are relying upon helicopters. We also have the Otter aircraft, and we also have the Cansos which are now being replaced by the Albatross which will be an infinitely better aircraft and capable of landing on water in those areas.
Reference was made to the commando type of operation, and I did not reply to that. It is possible that commando type operations in conjunction with air attacks on this continent might be undertaken, and in order to be prepared for any eventuality we do have troops trained for operations in the Arctic.
While I am on my feet, I should like to thank the hon. member for the discourse he gave this afternoon on psychological training. We shall be pleased to study that carefully and look fully into his recommendations.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE