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A blockchain project will track aviation parts throughout their lifecycles. The development will be carried out under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement of the US Navy.

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

Blockchain-enabled platforms can allow easy coordination of documents on a shared distributed ledger. Organizations need updated, secure and authentic data to make decisions. Blockchain ensures trustworthy data across the transportation and logistics ecosystem, since the entire network contributes to data validation.

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 (DARPA) 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, according to defensesystems.com.

The technology is expected 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.