What is a MOAB, a.k.a. the Mother of All Bombs?

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U.S. forces for the first time used a GBU-43/B MOAB, the military’s biggest nonnuclear bomb, in combat Thursday, dropping one on a target in Afghanistan.


That’s left civilians asking: What is a MOAB?

MOAB stands for “Massive Ordnance Air Blast,” but it is commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs.





It is 30 feet long, weighs 22,600 pounds, and is designed to be carried by MC-130 planes.

It has a blast yield of 11 tons of TNT. By comparison, the atomic bomb had a yield of 15,000 tons, which is generally expressed as 15 kilotons. The MOAB has a blast radius of one mile.

It was designed by the Air Force in 2002 and tested for the first time in Florida in 2003.






















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