What is a MOAB, aka 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 non-nuclear 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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