VHSIC Electronics and the Cost of Air Force Avionics in the 1990s
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Very High Speed Integrated Circuits VHSIC is a Department of Defense technology program intended to substantially enhance the performance of military avionics systems. The effects of highly integrated circuitry are likely to be felt both broadly and deeply in the design. development, production, operation, and support of military avionics systems. This report discusses the cost issues for avionics systems using VHSIC and VHSIC-like technology. It also provides a background on integrated circuit technology and a method for checking the reasonableness of cost estimates on avionics systems that incorporate highly integrated electronics. The report should be of interest to cost analysts in both government and industry who must specifically address VHSIC issues in their cost estimates. The sponsor of this research was the Comptroller of the Air Force, Directorate of Cost. It was performed under a project entitled Air Force Resource and Financial Management Issues for the 1980s within the Resource Management Program of Project AIR FORCE.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment