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Navy to utilize blockchain for aviation

Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Advance Technologies Team is working on a blockchain project to track aviation parts throughout their lifecycles. NAVAIR has partnered with Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO), the developers of SIMBA Chain.

SIMBA Chain is the result of an Army-led Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency initiative for tracking secure messages using blockchain. ITAMCO has also partnered with the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing, which brings protocols to the project that can quickly and securely recall large data sets.

The goal of the project is to develop a conceptual architecture for what a connected and visible supply chain could look like using blockchain.

"The Navy is very excited to work with ITAMCO on this cutting-edge technology to improve visibility, anti-tampering, traceability and data transparency in the NAVAIR supply chain," said George Blackwood, a NAVAIR logistics management specialist.

The Navy project is working to develop a permissioned blockchain with a consensus mechanism to track the aviation parts.

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