Dual use Technology from Prehistoric Era to Modern Age: Utilization of Crossbow as a Lethal Weapon and an Agricultural Cum Research Device
Pradhuman Singh1, Pierre Memheld2, Maj. Arthur Cooke3, Neeraj Anand4
1Pradhuman Singh, Ph.D Scholar, International Federation of World Crossbow, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun (Uttarakhand), India.
2Pierre Memheld, (Retd), Executive Director, Global Risk Mgt, Faculty, Department of Business & Economics, University of Strasbourg, Alsace, France.
3Major Arthur Cooke, Corps of Infantry, Indian Army, Ministry of Defense, Kashmir Valley, India.
4Dr. Neeraj Anand, Head, Department of Transportation, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun (Uttarakhand), India.
Manuscript received on 06 August 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 29 August 2019 | Manuscript Published on 05 September 2019 | PP: 569-574 | Volume-8 Issue-2S7 July 2019 | Retrieval Number: B11070782S719/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.B1107.0782S719
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Abstract: Designed by the Vedic God Shiva, the crossbow has gone beyond mythical lore and became a tool of strategic warfare in helping decimate knights, paladins and armored cavalry by arbalests or men who shoot crossbows. This ancient design has stood the test of time and has still found favor with not only action cinema, but also the hunting community and the special forces across the world. It is interesting to note that the Far eastern as well as Nordic texts term it as a favorite tool of dragon slayers, it had found major applications in hunting whales, sharks and other edible marine harvests. Certain countries in the northern hemisphere issue crossbow licenses to farmers in ensuring crop protection from vermin as well as harvesting organic meat from any overpopulating species in a given area. Additionally, it has been extensively used to build rope based connectivity using hooks when a huge gap needs to be crossed. It has also evolved as a tool to track oceanic activities by pegging sensors on its tips to etch it on whales and thus gather crucial data as they navigate the sea. This evolution from an armor piercing weapon to a civilian application device goes to the next level when a crossbow bolt is used to gain atmospheric and aerial data without fear of gaseous exhaust or electro-magnetic fields of drones. The next progression may be of ‘Cold launch missiles’ that are nearly undetectable and may change the course of military technology in the times to come.
Keywords: Aeronautics, Armor, Aviation, Avionics, Ballistics, Flight Path, Force, Kinetic Energy, Penetration, Projectile, Trajectory.
Scope of the Article: Agricultural Informatics and Communication