MAA-1A Piranha 1, MAA-1B Piranha 2 (Brazil), Air-to-air missiles - Within visual range

Infra-red guided air-to-air missile.

Brazil's Piranha air-to-air missile programme is now a two phase project that began with the MAA-1A Piranha 1. The long-running work on this design led in turn to the improved MAA-1B Piranha 2. The design team describe the Piranha 2 as a 'fourth generation' missile and note that it will be followed by the fifth generation A-Darter which is now being jointly developed by Brazil and South Africa (Mectron and Denel Dynamics).MAA-1A Piranha 1: Development of what became the MAA-1A Piranha 1 air-to-air missile was launched by Brazil's Instituto de Aeronáutica et Espaço (IAE) in March 1976, with the intention of replacing the AIM-9B Sidewinders then in Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) service. By 1978 the missile had been defined as a weapon that would deliver a level of capability equivalent to that of the AIM-9G or Rafael Shafrir. Until 1981 the programme remained completely classified and hidden from view. Its development was given a renewed impetus by the Falklands/Malvinas conflict of 1982. Studies were accelerated and the name Piranha adopted. In 1983 the first contracts were issued to the Brazilian firm DF Vasconcellos SA, based in São Paolo. Vasconcellos was one of the few firms in Brazil with experience in guided weapons and optics, and was initially contracted to develop the Piranha's IR seeker. The company later took on a primary development role, but a financial crisis in the mid-1980s took it into bankruptcy, then into foreign ownership (Pilkington Optronics) and, in 1986, it dropped its work on the

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