The full tile of this vehicle is Tractor, Wheeled, Industrial, Aircraft Support, Multi-purpose, Unimog 406-120. A small number were purchased to tow Harrier aircraft both at RAF Gutersloh which was their main base in Germany and also for their wartime role when the Harriers would have been dispersed into the German forests. Most were painted olive green with a black disruptive camouflage pattern, but some were left plain green. They were used in dispersal sites along with Range Rover TACR 2s; several types of 3/4ton Land Rover including Ambulances, hard top, and soft top; and various types of Bedford MK/MJ trucks, including GS truck, Workshop truck and Refueller.
RAF Gutersloh was also the main base in Germany for Puma and Chinook helicopters, which were used in support of the Harriers. As a result, the Unimogs were also used to tow these helicopters.
Unimogs were also deployed to Belize in support of Harriers, and also to the Falkland Islands at RAF Mount Pleasant where they were used to tow Phantom jet fighters. The Unimogs have now been replaced in service by JCB Fastrac tractors which have a similar rear body to the Unimogs.