"TSCC Drones" are the progenitors of Non-Humanoid Hunter Killers being developed as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in 2008 by agencies such as "Desert Canyon Heat and Air" with access to hyperalloyand other future artifacts found after Terminator incursions.
It is a tri-engine airborne unit with similarities to the HK-Drone, it retains the form and a similar maneuver system but on a much larger scale. Angular and more alien in appearance than the HK-Aerial  or HK-VTOL  the TSCC Drone is often mistaken for a UFO sighting. Operating in secret with teams of isolated scientists, the agencies developing the drones will target infiltrators and those who violate their Non-Disclosure Agreements with lethal force.
Sarah Connor saw the unit for the first time while she attempted to assault a nondescript warehouse facility in the desert after following the leads from the mysterious blogger "Abraham" revealed during a deep hypnosis session. While engaged in a firefight with the covert security at the facility Sarah was shot in the leg and dragged herself outside and lost consciousness as a drone moved in overhead.
Sarah later proved that the drone was real, when she brought the others to a lake where a number of cows and Walsh were found dead. The drone then rises out of the water and flies off to a truck waiting for it.
The drone was lost in a Kamikaze strike on Zeira Corporation's Headquarters in an attempt to eliminate Catherine Weaver. Weaver protected the Connors and James Ellison by turning herself into a shield as the drone destroyed her office.
- There are prior versions of the units in development are depicted in photographic evidence presented on the walls of Alan Park's trailer.
- Many varieties of contemporary UAVs are currently in the field both in military and civilian/law enforcement applications. Everything from the Global Hawk and now armed Predator to hand-held tactical reconnaissance devices like the Micro Air Vehicle, both remote controlled and rudimentary AI-driven. Currently all weapon systems so deployed are restricted to human command and control interfaces for weapon release.
- The Harrier uses turbine driven vectored thrust (massive front intake, and directional thrust ports on the fuselage and wings). There is no evidence to support a claim that the TSCC Drones use any kind of "more advanced technology" than an enclosed turbofan or similar vectored thrust technology. The rings (aside from the nose unit) could be radial drive turbofans, be a version of the vectored thrust exhausts, or simply have the inner fan struts currently washed out by the sun. It could even be a conventional rotary wing (helicopter) design with a bizarre array of antennas and data collection nodes making up the UAV fuselage. The "advanced technology" comes from research into the superstong, ultralight materials the Drone is constructed from (reverse-engineered from scavenged Terminator technology, such as the hyperalloy). If the data on any chips were captured as well, the potential for detailed files on Skynet designs would be available for attempts to replicate or at least attempt to approach.  UFOs are a red herring, and experimental contemporary earth technology is not to be confused with "alien". Aside from the frontal enclosed circular node, there appears to be a massive central circular node as well, even though it intersects above the oversize offset open ring and a ventral "breastbone" support strut, it offers a complete circular location for a primary lift turbine.
- The nosepiece in all likelihood houses the LIDAR sensor array, and closely resembles the future designs of the nose of the HK-VTOL.
- Close examination of the boxes conforming to the outer rear areas of the wing-mounted rings reveals a series of square chambers, possibly vents for vectored thrust compression. The F-22 and the F-117 use non-traditional horizontal rectangular thrust vents for stealth applications, and control of the number and direction of the components of that element would be able to provide both forward thrust, fine control for hovering, and maneuverability. Again, as with the Harrier, many of the outer control thruster ports can be fed from the central turbine compression and ducted out to the required regions. There is sufficient material between the rings and the fuselage to contain vectored thrust ducting.
- The tail-piece clearly denotes a need for linear flight control surfaces.
- The circular parts of the craft appear to be telescopically lengthening in the video clip that is presented.
- A sound that sounds very much like a jet engine turbine is heard, however not enough parts of the craft appear to be a "jet engine" from what is known of contemporary designs, although the small circle just behind the nose could be a thrust housing.
- The drone is shown to be capable of operating in a submersible state, utilizing a concealed launch facility beneath a local watering hole.
- The unit also operates with a variable swing-wing function, demonstrated when it compacted itself in flight while landing in the rear of the semi trailer used to evacuate it from the compromised region.
- The engines of the drone, along with the engines of its successors up until the HK VTOL, form the three dot pattern.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- ↑ as seen in the Future War scenes in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
- ↑ as seen in the Future War scenes in Judgment Day and Terminator 2: Judgment Day .
- ↑ as seen in the Future War scenes in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
- ↑ This has been done previously in the franchise during the Dark Horse Comics The Terminator: Secondary Objectives where a complete array of Skynet designs were extracted from I825.M by Dr. Ed Astin for sale to the highest bidder.