Tropentarn

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Tropentarn
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Tropentarn camouflage fabric
Type Military camouflage pattern
Place of originGermany
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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.

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History

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]

Pattern

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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References

  1. 1 2 "Uniformen der Bundeswehr" (in German). Bundeswehr. Archived from the original on 2016-07-04. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. "M/84 udgave af "Multicam" kunne se sådan ud". 10 February 2013. Archived from the original on 2017-06-21.
  3. http://forsvaret.dk/JDR/Nyt%20og%20Presse/Nyheder%20fra%20JDR/Pages/KampuniformM11kommerimultiterr%C3%A6nm%C3%B8nster.aspx
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  5. "Archived copy". www.kamouflage.net. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)