The Hwacha. Korea’s First Rocket Launcher

by Daniel Russ on April 9, 2017

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The hwach’a (화차; 火車) is the Korean phrase for ‘fire cart’ and was used as a multiple weapons launcher designed to send long thin arrow shaped rockets into enemy formations.

It fired from 20 to 200 rocket arrows that were called singijeons. These were placed in a firing chamber where they were ignited almost simultaneously. These rockets apparently were put to good use in the Imjin Wars, the Japanese invasions of the Korean peninsula in the late 16th century.

 

 

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