Coriolis for Artillery

Artillery projectiles travel a long distance and spend a considerable amount of time in the air. The longer a projectile is in the air, and the farther it travels, the more Coriolis affects it. For this reason, the military have compiled tables to include adjustments for Coriolis when calculating firing solutions for artillery. Below are a few examples of these tables.


OP 770 Range Tables for 16″/50 Caliber Gun, Mark D October 1941

This Navy manual has the range tables for the 16 inch/50 caliber gun, Mark D. These are the instructions for developing a firing solution for the gun. This includes adjustments due to the rotation of the earth.


THE PRODUCTION OF FIRING TABLES FOR CANNON ARTILLERY, 1967

This document from 1967 includes step by step adjustments for developing a firing solution for artillery. There are two tables included to adjust for Coriolis. One to adjust the range, the other to adjust the azimuth.

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