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HK-Aerial as seen in The Terminator.

The term HK-Aerial, Aerial HK,[1] Cyberdyne Systems Series A VTOL Aircraft[2] or Flying HK,[3] refers to a wide variety of Skynet's large, airborne, VTOL-capable Non-Humanoid Hunter Killers. Featuring a devastating array of under-slung and wing-mounted lasers, missiles and plasma cannons, the HK-Aerial is fearsome and terrifying to behold.


Often operating in support of ground sweeps by swarms of Series 800 Endoskeletons, they are one of the more dangerous targets for the members of the Resistance to engage.[4][5]

HK-Aerials are covered in the same laser-refractive hyperalloy used on later Terminator models. [2] Still, they can be brought down by shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.[6]

Known variants[]

In the original timeline, there were two known models of HK-Aerials: the Mark Seven Aerial[7] or Series A/7 Aerial Tilt Rotor Attack Drone[2], which looked like a canopy-less helicopter, and the Mark Eight Aerial[7] or Series A/8 Aerial Tilt-Turbine Seeker Drone[2], the newest model.[7] Their weapon loadout is also different: the Mark Seven is armed with a frontal laser cannon and either missiles or Seeker mines, whereas the Mark Eight relies on two underslung laser cannon turrets and a frontal plasma cannon.[2]

There are light raiders seen patrolling the wastelands of the Future War,[8][4] massive and heavily-armed ground support craft,[9] as well as troop transport variants[10] which on occasion have been captured and subverted for use by the Resistance.[11][12] There are reports of more variants, like surveillance platforms and detainee transports.[2] The HK-Aerial has been deployed in many configurations by both Skynet and the Soviet Artificial Intelligence MIR.[10]

In the Salvation timeline, an HK-Aerial is able to carry T-700 Terminators onboard,[13] while a Transport is capable of storing two HK-Aerials.

In the Genisys timeline, an HK-Aerial is able to store and carry a Spider Tank.

In the Dark Fate timeline, Legion also deployed HK-Aerials to hunt humans, however, the design of Legion's HK-Aerial differs greatly from the design of Skynet's.


Main article: HK-Bomber


Main article: HK-VTOL

Continually engineering upgrades to the original design, a smaller, more agile air unit is available in a sleeker, more organic design with the HK-VTOL,[14] a unit powerful enough to carry a Boeing 747 jet engine in a cargo sling.




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HK-Aerial & Drones
Hunter-Killer Aerial Recon Unit - HK-Bomber - Mini Hunter - HK-Recon
Bethesda Games Dragon - Scorpion - Manta - HK-Fighter - HK-Scout - HK-Drone - Skimmer
Rise of the Machines Hunter-Killer Aerial Weapons Platform (Prototype) - Flyer Killer - F/K Kite
Redemption FK Carrier - FK Bomber - FK Hover - FK Scout - FK Raker
Sarah Connor Chronicles HK-VTOL - Kaliba Drone
Salvation Transport - Aerostat
Genisys HK-8 - HK-Scout - AFJ-60 - AFJ-70 - AFJ-80 - AFJ-100 - Spy Drone (SD-50 - SD-80 - SD-90)
Resistance Scout Drone - Armored Drone