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That much-maligned Hades Autocannon on the Heldrake? It shoots all around now. So you can vector strike and shoot the same flyer in the same turn, most-likely on the rear armor. The flyer cannot even jink to get a cover save against the vector strike. That's 1.5 average glancing hits on AV 11 flyers per turn from the vector strike, plus whatever you get from the Hades. Not too shabby. And, since you can fire the thing 36" all around, you never have to fly off the board. I'd probably run one of each kind in a competitive CSM list, especially now that blastmasters can be fielded in squads of five. Blastmasters do pretty much the same thing as the baleflamer, though not quite as well, but can be taken by troops, which balances things out.
So, two of these, plus some missile Havocs should keep the skies cleared with plenty of versatility left over. That leaves one FA choice for melta-Bikers, Spawn or Raptors, and two heavy support choices for something to deal with 2+ armor. I recommend Vindicators. Both kinds of Forgefiends totally suck. Trust ol' Slaede. The best troops are five Noise Marines in a Rhino with the blastmaster, but I think more than three of those is too much.
For Noise Marine troops you need a Slaanesh Lord, who can either shoot the quad gun, carry the Brand of Skallythrax in a Rhino or ride with the Bikers on a Steed or his own Bike. Toss in a fortification and some Cultists for backfield scoring, and you're at 2,000 points and able to deal with anything.