Helldivers 1:Close Air Support

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Fully upgraded Close Air Support

A low flying run from an Eagle fighter jet, where it strafes the area with its main cannon and fires two missiles that home in on targets. It has both great anti-tank and anti-personnel applications and represents the versatility of Helldivers air power. The Close Air Support stratagem is part of the Specialist equipment kit.

— Armory Description

Stratagem Code

Players must enter the following sequence, using the controller d‑pad, in order to call down this stratagem during a mission:
Arrow 3 R.pngArrow 3 R.pngArrow 1 D.pngArrow 2 L.png

Unlock Requirement

Close Air Support is a DLC stratagem, available at any rank to those who purchase the Specialist Pack.


Upgrade Cost Effect
HD1 Stratagem Close Air Support mk1.png Mk1 Basic variant, no upgrades.
HD1 Stratagem Close Air Support mk2.png Mk2 Research-point.png 1 Upgrades the Eagle's main cannon to 30mm, increasing damage.
HD1 Stratagem Close Air Support mk3.png Mk3 Research-point.png 2 The Eagle now fires four missiles.

Gameplay Tips

  • Close Air Support strikes are always perpendicular to the direction of the throw.
  • This and Strafing Run are the only stratagems that are not affected by the 1-second activation time reduction from Precision Call-In Perk. There is no way to activate these stratagems faster than 0.1 second.
  • Close Air Support is fast, deadly and reliable, effective against most targets. However, exercise caution as the missiles may end up homing in on enemies in close proximity to Helldivers, potentially catching them in the blast.



  • Close Air Support's homing missiles are identical to those fired by the MLS-4X Commando and they work exactly the same.
  • Close Air Support missiles are counted as a shot and they will most likely boost your total accuracy at the mission results screen.
Supply Stratagems

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MG-94 Machine Gun MGX-42 Machine Gun AC-22 Dum-Dum LAS-98 Laser Cannon FLAM-40 Incinerator TOX-13 Avenger Obliterator Grenade Launcher MLS-4X Commando RL-112 Recoilless Rifle EAT-17 REC-6 Demolisher M-25 Rumbler

EXO-44 Walker Exosuit EXO-48 Obsidian Exosuit EXO-51 Lumberer Exosuit M5 APC M5-32 HAV TD-110 Bastion MC-109 Hammer Motorcycle

Defensive Stratagems

A/AC-6 Tesla Tower A/GL-8 Launcher Turret A/MG-11 Minigun Turret A/RX-34 Railcannon Turret Airdropped Anti-Personnel Mines Airdropped Stun Mines Anti-Personnel Barrier AT-47 Anti-Tank Emplacement Distractor Beacon Humblebee UAV drone Thunderer Smoke Round

Offensive Stratagems

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Special Stratagems

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