The Aljaba is a heavy equipment transporter of Spanish origin. The Aljaba was developed as a private venture by Kynos in the early 1980's and was first ordered for military use in 1985. Although of Spanish origin the Aljaba is better known for its South African service, where several specialist versions have been developed.
The Aljaba uses a long 8x8 chassis that is fitted with very wide tires for use in desert and bush-like environments. The forward mounted cab is positioned rather low since the engine is mounted between the front wheels. Although it was mainly developed as a 5th wheel tractor for use with a 4 wheel 60 t semi-trailer, the Aljaba is also useful as a recovery vehicle since two heavy winches are fitted behind the cab. The semi-trailer may carry a single heavy vehicle or two medium weight vehicles. The Aljaba and its derivatives are unarmed vehicles and do not feature a weapon mount.
The Spanish models are not armored in any way. The South African versions feature a mine resistant cab, but are not protected from projectiles or shell splinters. No smoke grenade launcher, fire extinguishing systems or NBC system is installed.
The Aljaba has a good performance both on roads and off road. The 8x8 chassis has large tires that perform well in sand and bush-like environments.
The 8x8 models are in use with Spain and South Africa, which also employs a variety of specialist versions. The 6x6 model is only used by Spain.