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"Come in, Cooper! Do you copy? Forget about Freeman! We're abandoning the base! If you have any last bomb targets, mark them on the Tactical Map! Otherwise, get the hell outta there! Repeat: we are pulling out and commencing air strikes! Give us targets or get below!"
―HECU officer[src]

The Tactical Map is an electronic military issued device used by the HECU to coordinate air strikes against targets during the Black Mesa Incident


The Tactical Map makes its only appearance in Waste Processing Area 3 at the end of the Half-Life chapter Surface Tension where it is used by Gordon Freeman to destroy a locked entrance out of the area and optionally a Gargantua which might hinder his progress. Nearby the soldier originally manning the device, Cooper, can be found dead, and a HECU officer can be heard through the attached radio ordering him to mark his last targets or "get the hell outta there".

To mark a target with the Tactical Map's crosshair, two switches will move the two lines making the X and Y coordinates, the target being where the X and Y lines cross each other. When the target is marked, the button between the two other switches will launch an air strike on the specified area.



  • The Tactical Map is also mentioned in Opposing Force, when Shephard stands by the HECU officer giving the orders to Cooper through a radio.
  • The map's coverage includes its own location, meaning the user can hit themselves with an properly aimed strike.
  • There is no model for the airstrike aircraft. The explosives just spawn and crash to the ground. [could this imply these are artillery strikes?]

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