The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 21, 2022

By John Liang / November 21, 2022 at 1:41 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Japan's Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor shooting down a target for the first time, engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and more.

Japan's co-developed Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor shot down a target for the first time:

Japan executes SM-3 Block IIA launch; key to new Aegis procurement, destroyer development

Japan executed its maiden launch of a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor -- the most advanced Aegis guided missile which it co-developed, and is co-producing, with the United States -- as part of a major ballistic missile defense live-fire event in the Pacific Ocean in concert with the U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency.

The F-35 Joint Program Office plans to order 119 F135 engines in fiscal year 2024 and 143 in FY-25:

JPO targets five-to-seven-year development for F-35 engine modernization

The F-35 Joint Program Office expects a modernized propulsion system for the Joint Strike Fighter will take between five to seven years to develop, a JPO spokesman told Inside Defense, a timeline that would see a new engine for the Lightning II by 2031 as the military services stand poised to choose an upgrade for the fighter's powerplant.

Armaments directors from around the world last week focused on four key areas: ground-based long-range fires, air defense systems, air-to-ground capabilities, and sustainment support:

LaPlante meets with U.S. allies to increase global weapons production

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante chaired a meeting in Brussels today with dozens of armaments chiefs from around the world looking to boost the production of critical weapon systems being used in Ukraine against the Russian military.

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Samuel Paparo recently spoke at the Military Reporters & Editors Association’s annual conference:

Paparo: China has relented 'to an extent' in months following Pelosi's Taiwan visit

The Navy has seen Chinese military operations in the Pacific ease following China's initial, extensive military drills after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visited Taiwan this summer, according to a top fleet commander.

In case you missed it on Friday, news on an Air Force effort to develop autonomous, uncrewed aircraft that can link up and team with traditional platforms:

'Significant investment' in CCA coming in Air Force's FY-24 budget request, official says

The Air Force will be requesting a "significant investment" for the Collaborative Combat Aircraft effort in the coming budget request, according to officials leading the program.