SKYNET's dated A4 series was rapidly becoming obsolete.  its electronics were dated, and could be fooled by countermeasures invented by the Resistance.  Once the A4 had been blinded, it was easy prey for the more advanced and heavy, high energy direct fire weapons which the Resistance started to field in the middle stages of the War.  SKYNET needed a new design, a more up to date design, but still something small, easy to manufacture, and effective.

The A14 was the answer, being a redesigned A4 with more powerful weapons, more powerful engines, and a lighter, stronger frame.  The electronics were upgraded as well, giving rise to the characteristic 'dog tail' that became prevalent in the later generation of Aerial units.    The A14 employed a reverse claw landing system (two claws rear, one forward) and much of its mass was situated in the tail assembly, giving it balance near the engines.  A single powered mount on the ventral fuselage held a twin heavy plasma gun in a single mount.   Forward in the nosecone, to each side of the navionics, were a pair of smaller, but more rapid fire phased plasma guns, four in all, giving the A14 more striking capacity than the model it replaced.  VTOL capacity and hover were retained, but the dual wing format allowed the A14 to obtain higher speeds, making it able to reach farther away to distant patrol zones and to provide protection and interception there.  The A14 was produced in greater numbers during the end of the War, even more so than the A4 was.   It became SKYNET's premiere close air support unit, often operating in groups of four responding to an A5 or a Centurion on the ground.

A14 with high capacity turbofan engine mounted, engine rotated for VTOL operations.