TYPE: Specialized – Role Specific Aerial Hunter-Killer Heavy Weapons Platform



Length:                              17m
Width:                                   8m
Height:                                  3m

Mass (unloaded):              7500kg

Mass (Model 12 PPG):     1500kg

Mass (loaded):                   9700kg (including Model 12 PPG and weapons fuel)


PRIMARY DUTY PURPOSE: Ground attack – deep penetration
SECONDARY DUTY PURPOSE: Ground attack – wide area effect
PRODUCTION RUN 4876 units, 4 prototypes, 6 test platforms
PRODUCTION YEARS: 2011; development: 2012 to 2029 AD production
PRODUCTION LOCATION: Class II facility - standardized template
LOCATION(S) DEPLOYED: All sectors as available


POWER SOURCE: Type IV compact nuclear reactor, component armored with backup control and safety systems


Type I Mod 4 auxiliary power reactor, heavy duty crystal battery array, stepped power with redundant feed.


Unlimited flight and loiter capacity.  Periodic maintenance required of reactor and power supply systems as well.
PERFORMANCE: Max speed (aerodynamic drag limited) 710kph.  Max ceiling rating – 7500 meters.  VTOL capable.  Non-supersonic – drag limited.  High speed NOE capable.  Pseudo-Agile rated.
CHASSIS: Reinforced subsonic airframe constructed of blown aluminum with purposely manufactured honeycomb composite structure.
          PROPULSION: Twin, Series 5 Model AA23 variable pitch, ducted high amperage electric drive fans.  Total thrust rated at 20,000 kg.  Each ducted fan is component armored and able to rotate through a 360 degree arc.
SENSORS: Standard Type III array with motion tracking, HRFLIR, thermal imaging and visual motion tracking.  Microprocessor controlled and enhanced telescopic to 65x power.  Ground radar to 10km and aerial radar to 25km.  Laser and standard high band ultra-wave communication array.  Dedicated Look Down Imaging System (DLDIS).  Standard backup Type I array identical to Type III with 40% reduction in capacity and range.
PRIMARY CPU: Model 3 fiber optic based Series 3 processor with twin tactical subprocessors – Series 3 Block 40.


Model 3 base fiber optic based Series 2 processor with single tactical subprocessor – Series 2 Block 28


4th Generation 3cm high gain, high specific output Model 12, Series 12 Block 40 TRVA Tunnel Ramp Variable Aperture phased plasma gun – 40 megawatt input sustained, 240 pulses per minute.  Usable weapon fuel tankage 200 liters of processed combat grade excitable fuel in component armored, baffled and pressurized tank to the rear of the weapon ignition system.  Total sustained firing time of 20 minutes.  Anti-flashback stepped field generator installed in muzzle assembly.  Weapon has very limited capacity for changing elevation / deflection and no capacity for changing traverse.  Weapon is aimed along forward flight path and changes to flight path are required to aim the weapon and bring weapon on target.  Hydraulic weapon mounts allow for a +/- 30 degrees of elevation / deflection along established vector while traverse is handled by vectored thrust of the airframe and deviations to the flight patch.  Rotation of lift / thrust fans using airframe as pendulum capable of achieving stationary aiming correction status as well.
OTHER: Three remote white spotlights in independently focused armored housings.  Each spotlight has 600 million candlepower rating.  Infra-red switching system can project an IR beam instead of visible light for use with HRIR systems.
ARMOR: 2cm elastisteel component armored control, power and sensor systems.  3 cm hyperalloy carapace sheath narrowing to 2.25 cm in the tail and aft sections.



The AHK 412C Model 312 was designed and produced by SKYNET to fulfill a role whereby hard targets, located in fortified bunkers or deep positions underground, could be engaged and eliminated from the air.  The type of high powered area defense plasma guns which SKYNET employed to protect its strategic assets had the penetration power required to engage deep targets or spread out threats but these plasma guns were emplaced and thus immobile.  SKYNET needed the ability of a look down, shoot through plasma based weapons platform and that meant not only using a weapon of traditionally emplaced power ranges but also making it air-mobile.


Feed for the Model 12 came from 200 liters of processed combat grade excitable fuel in a component
armored, baffled and pressurized fuel tank to the rear of the weapon ignition system.

Originally, a standard Aerial Hunter Killer was heavily modified by removing its standard rapid pulse phased plasma gun and replacing it with a mass produced, fourth generation emplaced area defense gun, the Model 12 plasma gun which not only added an extra 43 percent to the unit’s weight and mass but also required extensive heavy duty frame work to support the massive weapon and substantial reinforcing of the airframe itself.  Early prototypes had a tendency to twist their airframe under the stress of basic aerial maneuvers which proved enough to literally shake the airframe of the modified Aerial HK apart in flight.

Realizing that the Model 12 PPG needed a heavier, more capable airframe to carry it, SKYNET redesigned the basic model Aerial HK, starting from a fresh template and reinforcing just about everything.  The DLDIS system was integrated into the sensor / scanner suite and FiConSys Fire Control Systems.  The Model 12 PPG was itself an integral part of the airframe itself from the start rather than a modification or addition to an existing airframe.  Power supply systems, power sources, and the propulsion systems were increased in order to provide near-standard Aerial HK performance to the new design.  SKYNET designated the new aerial heavy plasma weapons platform as the AHK 410A Model 302. 

The AHK 410A Model 302 was the first successful prototype of the new deep strike / wide strike capable series of aerial mobile heavy plasma gun weapon platforms.  Following improvements to the series, the AHK 412C Model 312 became the standard template design with slight variations appearing throughout its production life.

Limited to high subsonic performance due to drag limitations, the AHK 412C Model 312 nevertheless became an important weapon in SKYNET’s arsenal.  Utilizing the Dedicated Look Down Imaging System (DLDIS), the AHK 412C was able to scan for, track, and eliminate soft targets at a depth of up to 20 meters below ground.

Attack modes for the AHK 412C consisted to two profiles; deep penetration and wide area.  Possessing the unique capability of dual attack modes, the 412C could either engage soft targets protected behind up to 20 meters of reinforced concrete or a comparable depth or it could adjust the aperture of the Model 12 PPG to produce a much less cohesive discharge which had the effect of “splashing” lethal plasma over a large area.  Even at a depth of 20 meters, the plasma bolt retained enough thermal energy to incinerate all soft materials within a 5 cubic meter volume of space. 

The tremendous discharge of the Model 12 phased plasma gun was such that even with the addition of a modulated anti-flashback stepped field generator the weapon produced visible atmospheric deformation upon firing and the audible report of the weapon, especially at altitude, was akin to that of heavy thunder and was quite distinct especially given the fact that the high rate of fire of the Model 12 PPG produced a staccato of thunder-like reports, a side-effect of which was the heavy demoralization of inexperienced or untrained individuals in the area.  The AHK 412C had many Resistance nicknames, the most often used was “Mosquito” for the long proboscis-like snout of the Model 12 PPG that extended past the basic airframe.  Other Resistance used nicknames included “Buster” and “Thunder Wasp.”

Due to its slightly less agility rating than a standard AHK model, the 412C was often escorted into an area of operations by two or three standard AHKs which also provided not only close air support but look down capacity to enhance the 412C’s DLDIS system.  A coordinated engagement brace included two AHK 412Cs, four to six standard AHKs, and from 6 to 12 dedicated aerodyne based Recon / ELINT drones which operated at heights of NOE to 20 meters.  The smaller drone units were linked into the subnet established by the two primary controlling AHK 412C series units and the four to six standard subservient AHKs.  It was the job of the drone units to sweep the ruins on a sector by sector process, using overlapping patterns and detection fields.  Data, including targeting information, was fed instantly to the group subnet and to the orbiting AHK units which also acted as co-processors for the overall group thus increasing the tactical processing power of the subnet itself.  In areas strongly contested by the Resistance or with significant Resistance presence, the AHK group would further be supported on the ground by a brace of two to four tracked HK units and twelve to twenty-four Terminators or equivalent bipedal mobile HK units.

Later variants and models were the AHK 412C Model 313, AHK 412D Model 323A, AHK 412E Model 323B and AHK 412E Model 324A.  Performance upgrades to the series continued resulting in increased performance and survivability.  In 2019 AD, the Model 12 PPG was replaced with the much more powerful though lighter Model 15 PPG giving the AHK 412D Model 324A a 37% increase in offensive capability and a 12% reduction in weapons profile weight.


Actual size comparison between the new model AHK - "Buster" and standard AHK series aerial hunter killer units. 

The smaller AHKs were often used as escort, CAP Combat Air Patrol and to enhance the
subnet processing capability of the networked hunt group.