The US military just dropped America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan. According to US officials, this is the first time such kind of a weapon has been used.
Weighing 21,600 pounds and nearly 30 feet long, the GPS guided conventional bomb, named the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast AKA the ‘Mother of All Bombs’, containing more than 8000 kg of explosive, has the potential to yield a massive blast equivalent to 11 tons of TNT with the explosion radius of 150 metres (around 500 feet). But, Russia has a bigger and a stronger one.
GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast AKA the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ (Source: af)
On September 11, 2007, Russia announced that it had successfully tested the world’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb. ‘The Father of All Bombs’ (made in response to MOAB). It is comparatively smaller in size than ‘MOAB, but has the power to yield a blast four times bigger than it.
The ‘FOAB’, which is a thermobaric weapon, meaning it utilises atmospheric oxygen to generate an intense, high-temperature explosion, has the blast radius of around 1000 feet and the blast yield of nearly 44 tonnes of TNT.
As The ‘FOAB’ is a thermobaric munition, it explodes in mid-air, igniting a fuel-air mixture which then proceeds to cause a scorching hot and powerful outward blast that can vaporise targets and disintegrate structures.
Most damage is inflicted by a supersonic shockwave and incredibly high temperatures. Although the FOAB has the power of a nuclear bomb, it does not produce chemical or radioactive fallout.
Alexander Rukshin, deputy chief of Russian Armed Forces said that in contrast to a nuclear one, the actions of this weapon does not damage or contaminate the environment.
This feature of lack of environmental damage from the FOAB makes the weapon less likely to cause the kind of massive destruction that a nuclear bomb would produce through the fallout. This paucity of fallout increases the chances that the FOAB would be used in military confrontations.
Here's the testing video of the 'FOAB'
Information source: businessinsider