posted on Apr, 3 2006 @ 09:22 PM
Even going with a no drag projectile, (yeah, pure thoery), any hieght advantage gives you a nearly 1:1 increase in range. from level ground, part of
that projectile's energy will be spent climbing through the first 2,500 meters. (heck, meters, feet, inches...) Again, that no drag projectile will
be descending at the same angle as it passes through the same horozontal plane, meaning it's back up to a 45 degree decent. The real advantage comes
in protection from enemy artillery, as they have to move much closer to shoot you, giving you adaquate time to squeeze a few shells off first.
In reality, your outbound projectile will loose forward momentum, and always arrive at a bit steeper of an angle than it departed at, making less than
45 degrees a better firing angle for maximum range. (use your energy going downrange, instead of up and down) Now your hieght advantage should really
tell, as you're able to fire at shallower angels to hit your targets.