Blockchain specialist SIMBA Chain, South Bend, Indiana, USA, has been selected to assist the U.S. Air Force as it seeks to ensure the security of its Additive Manufacturing efforts on the battlefield and domestically. The Air Force uses a complex supply chain to equip and repair forward-deployed forces.
According to SIMBA Chain, long value chains are among the biggest security issues in manufacturing for industry 4.0. This is the case for all manufacturing but is especially critical in military applications, where hostile entities may attempt to obtain or modify critical data.
To coordinate distributed manufacturing in the field, the Blockchain Approach for Supply Chain Additive Manufacturing Parts (BASECAMP) project will use the SIMBA Chain platform to create a prototype demonstrating a blockchain approach for the registration and tracking of Additive Manufacturing components during their entire lifecycle.
The SIMBA Chain uses Microsoft Azure for trust and reliability, key factors when providing support on the battlefield. With SIMBA, the Air Force’s BASECAMP project will be able to decentralise Additive Manufacturing in the field while maintaining the integrity of data. This means that repairs to vehicles can’t be tampered with by a third party, as top-secret build plans can be transmitted to forward forces without unwanted surveillance.