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?Cascading? Old Technology a Problem for Guard, Reserve Units

Equipping National Guard and Reserve units with hand-me-down helicopters, which the U.S. Army calls “cascading,” can lead to such units receiving new technology or significant upgrades, including those for rotorcraft, nearly a decade after active duty units.

“Helicopters are always among the issues at the forefront of the National Guard Association of the United States agenda,” John Goheen, a spokesman for the association wrote in an email. “The Army Guard has approximately 200 old A-model UH-60 Black Hawks. In addition, the Army Guard?s four Apache units are authorized only 18 aircraft when they need 24 to deploy. In addition, they are D-model AH-64s when the active component flies mostly E-models. “

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