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The Truth About MOAB

Probably everyone already knows that U.S. dropped GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or Mother Of All Bombs on ISIS system of tunnels and caves in Afghanistan. This is the largest non-nuclear Super Weapon ever deployed in combat. The MOAB is pushed out the back door of a giant cargo plane while also a parachute pulls the bomb out of the plane and helps in being as precise as possible. This is uniquely American and it shows the incredible ability of the U.S. forces to put munitions from the air to the ground.

 

MOAB is a thermobaric weapon utilizes oxygen from the surrounding air to generate an intense, high-temperature explosion. The blast wave typically produced by such a weapon is of a significantly longer duration and more powerful, than that produced by a conventional condensed explosive. The main purpose of this bomb is to deny enemy use of terrain. It’s made out of a really thin aluminum skin in order to fully maximise the blast effect. The radius is stretching up to a mile in each direction and it levels everything to the ground. A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 meters wide after it exploded six feet above the ground.

The huge bomb measure 30 feet (9 metres) long and 40 inches (1 metre) wide, and weighs 21,000lbs (9,500kg) – heavier than the Hiroshima nuclear bomb. It has the equivalent of 11 tons of TNT in its warhead. By comparison, the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima had a blast yield of 15 tons of TNT.

The MOAB cost more than $300 million to develop and each bomb is estimated to cost $16 million.The unclassified number of MOAB bombs is 15 which means there is 14 more of those in the U.S. military arsenal.

What do you think is going to happen if North Korea carries out another nuclear weapons test?

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