Dave Majumdar

About Dave Majumdar

Dave Majumdar has been covering defense since 2004. He has written for Flight International, Defense News and C4ISR Journal. Majumdar studied Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary and is a student of naval history.


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F-35C Carrier Tests Slated for November on USS Nimitz

F-35C Carrier Tests Slated for November on USS Nimitz

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An F-35C Lightning II aircraft makes an arrested landing during a test flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on May 7, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F-35C Lightning II aircraft makes an arrested landing during a test flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on May 7, 2014. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story had the incorrect hull number of USS Nimitz. It is CVN-68 not CVN-65.

The Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is on track for sea trials onboard the carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in November off the West Coast. That is despite flight envelope restrictions imposed after an engine fire destroyed a land-based F-35A aircraft on take-off in July. Read More

Navy May Reduce Triton UAV Buy

Navy May Reduce Triton UAV Buy

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MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its inaugural cross-country ferry flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its inaugural cross-country ferry flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

NAVAL AIR STATION PAXTUXENT RIVER, MD. — The U.S. Navy program manager for the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft said that the service might consider reducing the number of jets it buys. Read More

Navy Completes Third Round of NASA Orion Testing

Navy Completes Third Round of NASA Orion Testing

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USS Anchorage (LPD-23) recovers an Orion capsule on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) recovers an Orion capsule on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

The amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) completed a third set of underway recovery tests for the NASA Orion spacecraft according to the U.S. Navy. The test was the second such effort for the ship, which returned to Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on Saturday. Read More

Triton Arrives At Pax River For New Round of Testing

Triton Arrives At Pax River For New Round of Testing

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MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system lands at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system lands at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

Flight testers at Naval Air Station Patuxtent River, Md., have received their first Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton after the long-range jet-powered unmanned aircraft completed its first cross-country flight on Thursday. Read More

Comprehensive Anti-ISIS Air Campaign Includes Syria

Comprehensive Anti-ISIS Air Campaign Includes Syria

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F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 10, 2014. US Navy Photo

F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 10, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. will launch a comprehensive air campaign to exterminate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group that has been ravaging those two nations. President Barack Obama announced the launch of the new full-scale American intervention during a televised speech on Sept. 10. Read More

Navy Taps Industry in Quest For Next Generation Fighter

Navy Taps Industry in Quest For Next Generation Fighter

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A Boeing artist's conception of a potential design for F/A-XX. Boeing Photo

A Boeing artist’s conception of a potential design for F/A-XX. Boeing Photo

The U.S. Navy has formally asked the defense industry to participate in a series of exchanges to provide technical insights into the next-generation replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler in the 2030s. Read More

Hagel: Pentagon Seeking To Improve Technological Edge With New 'Offset Strategy'

Hagel: Pentagon Seeking To Improve Technological Edge With New ‘Offset Strategy’

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department's FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department’s FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

The Pentagon is launching a new “third game-changing offset strategy” to maintain America’s decisive technological military edge well into the future. The new strategy will be developed by deputy defense secretary Bob Work and Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall. Read More