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U.S. Drops the “Mother of All Bombs” on Afghanistan

A president who is intent on winning a war? What unique new concept.

The U.S. has dropped one if its largest non-nuclear bombs on a tunnel complex in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, according to the Washington Examiner.

The use of the GBU-43/B is a first for the battlefield, and was dropped in Nangarhar province on Thursday. The target was a tunnel complex in Achin district being used by the ISIS-Khorasan group.

Known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast, the bomb has been nicknamed “Mother of All Bombs.” Developed in 2003, the bomb has been tested but never used against an enemy. The bomb is 30-feet long and weighs 21,600 pounds.

16 Responses to U.S. Drops the “Mother of All Bombs” on Afghanistan

  1. Yea! Comments brought forward also.

    This — not a tepid announcement followed by golfing — is how it is done Barack. Especially when they kill one of ours.

    “Mother of All Bombs”
    This is the MOAB.

    Pretty sure, this also got the attention of the rest of the world.

  2. Actually this is not a some kind of a new bomb. It’s been around since Vietnam. It is a type of the BLU-82B/C-130, known as the Commando Vault in Vietnam and nicknamed “Daisy Cutter”. It was originally designed to create instant clearings for helicopter landings in the jungle. It is extremely reliable, no problems with wind speed or thermal gradient. It’s conventional explosive technique incorporates both agent and oxidizer (using ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder, and polystryrene), and is not fuel-air explosive. It depends on precise positioning of the delivery aircraft, coordinates gotten from fixed ground radar or on-board navigation equipment. It cannot be released below an altitude of 6000 feet as the outward blast would take out the C-130 plane. It’s typically detonated with at least a 38 inch fuse extender a few feet above ground level,so it won’t dig a big crater. The blast blows outward, producing overpressures of 1,000 lbs per square inch.

    Oh, at least four and maybe as many as seven were dropped on the Tora Bora area of the White Mountains in the Hindu Kush 10 years ago. One, according to a previous published announcement by the Pentagon, was dropped after a reported sighting of bin Laden.