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  • Women recruited in armed forces under SSC to get permanent commission:-Women officers recruited under the short service commission in the Indian armed forces will get opportunity for permanent employment like their male counterparts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Wednesday in his Independence Day address....
  • Every Indian can be proud of manned space mission: ISRO chief:-Technologies that will help in sending an Indian astronaut to space by 2022, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address on Wednesday have already been completed, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said....
  • Gaganyaan to take Indian astronaut to space by 2022: PM:-Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced an ambitious mission of sending an Indian astronaut to space by 2022 on board 'Gaganyaan'. The mission, he said in his Independence Day address, would be launched using the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) own capabilities, and on successful completion, make India the fourth nation in the world to do so....
  • Indian Govt approves procurement of 6 patrol vessels for Navy:-The Indian defence ministry on Monday approved a long-pending proposal to procure six indigenously manufactured next generation offshore patrol vessels (NGOPVs) for the Navy at a cost of Rs 4,941 crore....

Tipu's Rockets

Many believe that Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), the ruler of Mysore who terrified the British and hostile Indian kingdoms, is the first one in modern history to use rocket brigades and to significantly increase the range of rockets by making them out of iron tubes. In his military manual, Fathul Mujahidin, he prescribes 200 rocket men for each brigade of the Mysore Army. With an iron tube, packed with black powder, a rocket with a pound of powder could travel over 1000 yards. The original rockets of Tipu are still on display in Woolwich Museum Artillery in London, and exact replica can be seen at the museum in the BrahMos Aerospace headquarters in New Delhi.

The effect of Tipu's rocket artillery on the British during the Mysore wars led William Congreve to develop own rocket designs, which was called Congreve Rocket. In the Napoleonic Wars, these Congreve rockets were highly effective.

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