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
|The complete article appears in the following publication:|
|Publication Title||Jane's Air-Launched Weapons|
|Publication date||Aug 31, 2010|
|Section||Air-to-air missiles - Within visual range|
|Publication synopsis||The only accessible and constantly updated guide to the world's inventories of airborne weapons. Covering well over 600 systems, in service or in development, it provides a detailed and comprehensive reference to: capabilities/technology; functionality/effectiveness; user base; combat record; upgrades, variants and future enhancements. The guide includes extensive analysis tables covering all weapon types, national inventories and aircraft weapon loads and documents the world's air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, bombs, rockets, guns and underwater weapons, including new and emerging weapons.|
|Key contents include||
|Different sections provide in-depth detail covering||
You may purchase a full subscription to this service through the Jane’s Online Catalogue.
With more than 100 years of experience, Jane’s, an IHS company, holds an unrivalled reputation for the reliability, accuracy and impartiality of our information and advice, trusted and relied upon by business, government and military decision-makers worldwide.
In the specialist fields of defence, security, public safety, transport and law enforcement, Jane’s intelligence is a ‘must have’ resource for our clients, who can trust our intelligence over that from any other open source.
More information about MAA-1A Piranha 1, MAA-1B Piranha 2 (Brazil) is offered by Jane’s Information Group as part of its Jane's Air-Launched Weapons subscription service, available in both hardcopy and electronic formats.
Use this form to find out how to subscribe.