Wednesday Weapons – M.O.A.B

The most devastating non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal. Not only effective against ground targets but also underground or cave? dwelling target, It literally sucks the air out the immediate area when it goes off.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) (colloquially known as the The Mother Of All Bombs)

from Wikipedia

MOAB length is 30 feet, 1.75 inches (9.17 m), diameter is 40.5 inches (102.9?cm), weight is 22,600 lb. (10.3 tonnes), of which 18,700 lb. (8.5 tonnes) are high explosives. Blast radius is 450 feet (137.61m, 150 yards), though the massive shockwave created by the air burst is said to be able to destroy an area as large as nine city blocks. Due to its large size and weight, it must be dropped out of the back of a cargo aircraft, usually a C-130. It is guided by global positioning technology and uses a parachute to pull it out of the cargo door, so it can be dropped from a higher altitude and with higher accuracy than its predecessor, the BLU-82. It is the first U.S. weapon to use Russian-style lattice control surfaces (referred to as “Belotserkovskiy grid fins”), like those used on the R-400 Oka and Vympel R-77. It is larger than the Grand Slam bomb of World War II.

The MOAB uses 18,700 pounds of H6 as its explosive filler. At 1.35 times the power of TNT, H6 is one of the more powerful explosives used by the U.S. military. H6 is an explosive combination of RDX (Cyclotrimethylene trinitramine), TNT, and aluminium. H6 is typically employed by the military for general purpose bombs, and is an explosive composition which is produced in Australia. H6 is a widely used main blast charge filling for underwater weapons such as mines, depth charges, torpedoes and mine disposal charges. HBX compositions (HBX-1, HBX-3, and H6) are aluminized (powdered aluminium) explosives mainly used as a replacement for the now obsolete explosive, known as torpex. HBX-3 and H6 have lower sensitivity to impact and much higher explosion test temperatures than torpex. The warhead is designated the BLU-120/B, Blast.