Does the rotation of the earth have any effect upon artillery fire?

For example, if a target is out to 20,000 meters, as the earth turns below while the shell is in the air, would this not affect where the shell would land?

1 Answer
Feb 17, 2016

Yes - Trajectory calculation of long range projectiles must account for the Coriolis Effect.


In the northern hemisphere a projectile fired northward (away from equator) would appear to drift eastward due to coriollis effect and those that are fired southward (towards the equator) would appear to drift westward.

A simple and intuitive explanation of Coriollis Effect can be found in the following video :