Rockets used during period of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan unearthed
Over 1,000 "rockets" used during the period of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan have been unearthed from the silt of an abandoned well at a village in Shivamogga district, officials said today.
Workers digging an old well at an areca garden at Bidanuru stumbled upon the 'ironcased' cylindrical type of rockets used during the period, a top archaeology department official said.
He said the rockets would be preserved at 'Shivappa Nayak Museum Shivamogga' as 'rocket gallery.'
Hyder Ali fought the mighty British army fearlessly adopting modern warfare techniques.
He is credited with being the first ruler in the country to introduce military tactics of using mass attack rockets in 18th century.
Experts said the "Iron-cased rockets" found in the well are designed and crafted as cylindrical iron tubes that can be launched easily by a soldier.
On launching, it would allow great compression of the filled 'gunpowder' and consequently reach a firing range of two km with accuracy, they said.
According to experts, Tipu employed this technology in second 'Anglo-Mysore' war in 1780 and achieved remarkable results posing a big challenge to the British Army.
Tipu invaded Bidanuru in Shivamogga district which was ruled by Keladi dynasty after the fall of the Vijaynagar empire.
He defeated the Keladi ruler in the war.
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