CNN is reporting that the US has just dropped what’s known as the M.O.A.B. or the Mother of All Bombs, a 21000 lb bomb which is the most powerful bomb short of a Nuclear bomb.
“The US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB pronounced /ˈmoʊ.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants. Since then, Russia has tested its “Father of All Bombs”, which is claimed to be four times as powerful as the MOAB.
A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB) — was dropped in at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, sources said.
This is the first time a MOAB has been used on the battlefield, according to the US officials.
Military sources said the target was ISIS tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province. The military is currently assessing the damage.
This munition was developed during the Iraq War but was never used on the battlefield.”