BOOM. As you know, yesterday the United States deployed a “MOAB” aka “The Mother of All Bombs” aka Massive Ordnance Air Blast on the ISIS cockroaches in Afghanistan.
The MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb and was first tested in 2003, but hadn’t been used in combat – until yesterday.
The Pentagon released this footage of the moment of impact.
Per Fox, The MOAB is specifically designed for use in missions such as Thursday’s. It explodes in the air, which creates air pressure that can make tunnels and other structures collapse. It can be used at the start of an offensive to soften up the enemy, weakening both its infrastructure and morale./em>
According to the Guardian, Dawlat Waziri, an Afghan ministry spokesman said of Thursday’s strike: “No civilian has been hurt and only the base, which Daesh used to launch attacks in other parts of the province, was destroyed.”
That and about three dozen terrorists.
Designed for destroying underground targets but not itself a deep-earth penetrator weapon, the GBU-43/B has the explosive yield of more than 11 tons of TNT. The massive bomb is dropped from air force planes and detonates before reaching the ground, resulting in an enormous blast radius. Only the Massive Ordnance Penetrator GBU-57, which has never been used in war, is a larger conventional weapon.
The psychological effect on survivors or observers is considered an added impact of the weapon.
Indeed. The whole world observed and learned. There’s a new sheriff in town.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]