The use of composite materials in military equipment started much earlier than you think!
In about 1200 AD, Mongols invented the first composite bows made from a combination of wood, bamboo, bone, cattle tendons, horns, and silk bonded with natural pine resin. These small, powerful and extremely accurate bows were the most feared weapons on earth until the 14th century invention of effective firearms.
Composite Mongolian bows helped to ensure Genghis Khan’s military dominance during that period, in which its arsenal conquered huge chunks of central Asia and China!
History shows us how the mastery of advanced materials has been extremely important, even for ancient civilizations!