MOAB: Mother Of All Bombs

Published on: 14/04/17 5:03 PM

The United States' biggest ever non-nuclear bomb that rocked the cave hideouts of Islamic State (IS) terrorists has sent shiver globally. Though the damaged caused to IS is yet to be fathomed, the strike announced to clearly that despite many powers flexing its muscles, the US is still the boss.

'Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb' aka MOAB, has run riot for terrorists hidden in caves they thought couldn't never be destroyed. This is the first incident wherein the bomb has been used in a conflict. It was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan.

The fresh strike comes just a week after 59 US missiles targeted a Syrian air base in response to a chemical attack against civilians by the Assad regime.

1. The GBU-43 'Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb' is nicknamed MOAB. MOAB also stands for the “mother of all bombs”.

2. The bomb is a weapon that justifies the use of the word 'terrifying' to describe its power and marks a deadly ramping up of the US’s military initiative abroad.

3. It is about 20 feet long and designed to burrow through 200 feet of earth and 60 feet of concrete before detonating. This makes it the mother of 'bunker busters'.

4. It is a 21,600 pound, GPS guided munition that is the US’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.

5. It is is designed to cause maximum damage to bunkers, tunnels and other areas that can typically withstand even large standard bombs or artillery strikes.

6. Deployed from as high as 20,000 feet, the MOAB races to the ground at supersonic speed before slamming its way toward a hardened target through defenses such as rock, concrete, and steel plates. The 11 tons of explosive then burst about six feet above the ground.

7. It can kill people within several hundred metres of the point of detonation, and cause lung damage and other injuries over an even wider area.

8. The bomb was developed by Albert Weimorts of the United States military.

9. It was first tested in March 2003, just days before the start of the Iraq war. The US had an intent to use the MOAB as an anti-personnel weapon, as part of the “shock and awe” strategy, integral to invasion of Iraq.

10. It contains 11 tons of explosives.

10. It contains 11 tons of explosives.

12. Since the MOAB’s creation, Russia has tested its "Father of All Bombs", which is claimed to be four times as powerful as the MOAB


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