The Naval Air Warfare Center awarded a 5-year Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract to SIMBA Chain to setup a secure, blockchain-based messaging and transaction platform, a critical need of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
US Navy Secures Messaging
The $9.5 million contract, awarded by California-based research group of the U.S. Navy, is the first and one of the largest SBIR Phase III for blockchain.
According to SIMBA Chain press release, company’s CEO Joel Neidig expressed his excitement to be one of the first blockchain solutions providers to the U.S. military:
“This is a win not just for SIMBA and our partners, but also for the DoD, which has pursued with single-minded focus, a solution to conduct sensitive, mission-critical operations in a manner that is immutable and non-refutable. We plan to deliver a ‘bulletproof’ platform that meets all objectives.”
First and Largest SBIR Phase III for Blockchain
Recently, the Naval research group called on Simba Chain to create a secure communication and transaction avenue, based on the defense department’s blockchain.
No stranger to US military work, Simba Chain began in August 2019 building a supply chain solution based on blockchain for the US Air Force.
Simba Chain worked on the present DoD platform as part of a former SBIR contract, building and testing the blockchain-based communication system. The third phase aims to full deployment of the solution.
The communication platform, built using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, applies to land and water operations, allowing for safe data exchange.
Tom Keane, Corporate Vice President, Azure Global at Microsoft Corp. said:
“We’re supporting the DoD’s vision and SIMBA Chain’s expertise through Microsoft Azure’s vast cloud infrastructure and ability to scale globally, quickly, reliably and securely. Advancing the implementation of the Navy’s messaging platform presents a unique opportunity to transform the industry surrounding sensitive information at a time when data security is paramount.”
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