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The Mother of All Bombs or MOAB for short...

Earlier this year, the U.S. dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on the ISIS-K technical complex in northeast Afghanistan.

"As ISIS-K's losses have mounted they are using IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense," according to General John W. Nicholson, Commander U.S. Forces, Afghanistan. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K."

The GBU-43, or Massive Ordinance Air Blast, weighs 21,600 pounds, measures 30 feet long, and costs nearly $16 million. A C-130 cargo plane dropped the bomb by parachute. The bomb detonated about six feet above the ground with the explosive force of 11 tons of TNT, ensuring maximum dispersal of the blast.

From YouTube: U.S. Air Force dropped a MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb, nicknamed "Mother of all Bombs", on ISIS insurgents in Afghanistan on April 13, 2017. Footage of strike (FLIR), and ground video of aftermath destruction.

 

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