REPORT | GBU-43/B: What’s ‘the mother of all bombs’ is all about


The United States on Thursday dropped biggest ever non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan to target its ISIS tunnels. The GBU-43 bomb used in theattack, has been nicknamed ‘The Mother of All bombs’, a name that aptly describes the destructive power that it must have.

The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb is one of the most powerful weapons ever created. The MOAB weighs in at more than 10,000 kilograms and contains a huge 8,164 kilograms of explosives.

Its blast is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT. By contrast, the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima had a blast yield of 15 tons of TNT.

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