US Navy awards $1.5M jet fighter contract to blockchain project

US Navy awards $1.5M jet fighter contract to blockchain project


SIMBA Chain, a cloud-based smart contract platform, has been tasked with revamping the supply chain of the United States military after it received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Office of Navy Research.

The project will be responsible for developing a blockchain-based solution to enable demand sensing for critical military weaponry parts. Demand sensing is a forecasting technique used in supply chain logistics that processes information in real-time to accurately predict demand ahead of time.

Work will reportedly focus on constructing a use case centered on the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet — a combat jet which had its first variant introduced in the 1980s, and which still forms the backbone of the U.S Navy today.

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SIMBA Chain commenced work on Jan. 6 at a naval air station in Jacksonville, Florida, where it will work in tandem with the Naval Enterprise Sustainment Technology Team (NESTT).

Project lead for NESTT, Steve McKee, said the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program

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