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Tropentarn camouflage fabric
Type Military camouflage pattern
Place of originGermany
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Used bySee Users
Wars War in Afghanistan

Tropentarn, formerly known as Wüstentarn, is a camouflage pattern used by the Bundeswehr in arid and semi arid regions. [1] It is the desert variant of the Flecktarn 5-color temperate climate camouflage print of the Bundeswehr.



In 2013, it was reported that Denmark had considered the Tropentarn as a replacement for the M84 camouflage pattern. [2] It was decided later on that MultiCam would be used, under the name M/11. [3]


Tropentarn's official name is 3 Farben-Tarndruck der Bundeswehr [4] (3-color camouflage print of the Bundeswehr) – Instead of the 5-color scheme of greens, brown, and black of temperate Flecktarn, Tropentarn uses only three colors: a base color of 70% khaki tan with 20% medium brown and 10% dark green spots. [4]

German Tropentarn arid/desert climate boonie hat Boonie wuestentarn.jpg
German Tropentarn arid/desert climate boonie hat


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