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MILITARY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT TRADE-OFFS,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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This paper describes the development of empirical relationships of design-cost based on the characteristics of a comparatively large-number of existing and developmental military radio communications equipments. The use of such relationships in the construction of performance-cost trade-offs is illustrated. The work was carried out as part of a larger research effort designed to study all of the relationships required for communication system planning. Preliminary study indicated that for most types of existing and developmental military radio equipment, given power output only, a cost estimate may be obtained which is accurate within a factor of about three. If a second parameter is specified such as type of installation, frequency range, or type of modulation, an estimate accurate to within a factor of about 1.5 may be obtained.
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