In conjunction with the upcoming introduction of the new-style Nordic Combat Uniform, the Swedish Ministry of Defence has announced a new version of their tried-and-tested M90 pattern for camouflage clothing.

Swedish soldiers, assigned to the Air Defence Regiment, visit U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, in Baumholder training Area, Germany on Aug. 18-20. Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Mallett, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, US Army.


The original M90, aka Swedish Splinter, camo was first introduced for all branches of the Swedish Armed Forces in 1989, and was never copyright protected. This meant that anyone could produce copycat prints of the pattern – even potential adversaries – without legal ramifications.

Swedish M90 camouflage pattern. Image credit: Wikipedia


As we first reported in our update on the Nordic Combat Uniform program, the Swedish MoD intended to both update the camouflage pattern itself, and also address the copyright issue, with the rollout of the new common Nordic uniform. Today the news broke of just how they intend to do so. According to Swedish sources, the shapes of the pattern have been slightly reduced in size and distribution, and a logo of Swedish national 3-crowns insignia has been inserted in enough places that the pattern cannot be copied without including them, which would be a violation of copyright protections.

The images below, thanks to source in Nordic Combat Uniform discussion group, show examples of how this might look for the Woodland, Desert, and Snow versions of the M90-improved camo scheme.

New Swedish Woodland camo with 3-crowns logo. Image credit: Bo Göran Ekeroth.
New Swedish Desert camo with 3-crowns logo. Image credit: Bo Göran Ekeroth.
New Swedish Snow camo with 3-crowns logo. Image credit: Bo Göran Ekeroth.