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HK-Aerial as seen in The Terminator.

The term HK-Aerial 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.

Specification

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.[1][2]

HK-Aerials can be brought down by shoulder fired surface to air missiles.[3]

Known variants

There are light raiders seen patrolling the wastelands of the Future War,[4][1] massive and heavily armed ground support craft,[5] as well as troop transport variants[6] which on occasion have been captured and subverted for use by the Resistance.[7][8]The HK-Aerial has been deployed in many configurations by both Skynet and the Soviet Artificial Intelligence MIR.[6]

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines timeline, a larger variant of HK-Aerial is derived from the original T-4 Aerial, retaining the form and maneuver system but on a much larger scale with wingspans of up to 108 feet.[9]

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

Dragon

CSM-300 A-1000 "Dragon" is a variant of the HK-Aerial.[10]

Judging by its appearance, the Dragon is possibly the standard HK-Aerial as seen in the film The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

HK-Bomber

Main article: HK-Bomber

Aerial Recon Unit

An HK-8475 Hunter-Killer Aerial Recon Unit is able to destroy a target from long distance.[11]

HK-VTOL

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,[12] a unit powerful enough to carry a Boeing 747 jet engine in a cargo sling.

Notes

  • The HK-Aerial was the very first Hunter Killer seen, appearing in the opening moments of the first film of Terminator series.
  • The HK was redesigned for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys, which can be explained as a result of the alternation of the timelines in-universely.
  • Jonathan Mostow stated in a documentary that the HK-Aerials in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines were redesigned to be more "shark-like and organic". Its design is also modified into T-4.
  • In Terminator Salvation: Movie Preview, a HK Aerial from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is depicted, rather than the Terminator Salvation HK Aerial.
  • In Terminator Salvation, the Transport is able to store two HK-Aerials.

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The Terminator
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator Salvation

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  2. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  3. Future War scenes in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  4. The Terminator
  5. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Terminator: Hunters and Killers
  7. The Terminator: Future Shock
  8. The Terminator: Skynet
  9. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines DVD Extras
  10. The Terminator: 2029
  11. The Terminator Collectible Card Game
  12. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 1 DVD Commentary for the episode "Dungeons & Dragons"

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