Since 1936 Canadian self-taught inventor Joseph-Armand Bombardier was busy creating sleigh-tracked skidoo. During WWII he designed military variant B2, supplied to USSR under lend-lease. In 1951 the first half-tracked car-snowmobile whose front steerable ski could be replaced with wheels was built. It was a part of multi-purpose series R with 115-187 h.p. engines, automatic 3-speed gearbox, steering booster and roundish cargo-and-passenger body for 12-18 persons. Canadian army and air force used 1t air-transportable variant R12 that made 64 km/h on virgin snow.
In post-war years "Bombardier" company became a concern producing tracked off-road vehicles, railway rolling stock, planes and motorcycles. Military vehicles were profile of Logistic Equipment Division. Since November 1983 6000 "Iltis" jeeps were built under "Volkswagen" license for Canadian and Belgian armies. They had almost no difference from German prototype and were as well equipped with gasoline engine (1.7 l, 75 h.p.), 5-speed gearbox and solid axles on cross springs. In 1981 the company launched production of military 2.5t truck М35CDN (6x6) similar to American "AM General" М35А2 version. It differed in "Detroit Diesel" V8 engine (8.2 l, 165 h.p.), new suspension, steering booster, fire-safe fuel tank and single-tyre wheels. In 1980s company produced TF-300TT (6x6) 14t military transporter designed to operate in Arctic conditions in cooperation with Canadian company "Nodwell". And lightened 8.5t version of НЕМТТ (6x6) multi-purpose truck with 350 h.p. diesel engine under license of "Oshkosh". Nowadays the only military products made by "Bombardier" are "Traxter" 4x4 ATVs with water-cooled single-cylinder 500 cubic cm engine, 5-speed gearbox and disc brakes