The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Weapon was designed to be the largest conventional, non-nuclear bomb on the the face of the planet. It weighs in at a hefty 22 thousand pounds, 30 feet in length and yields 11 tons of TNT.

MOAB pronounced /ˈm.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory.[1] At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed.[2] The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants.

The MOAB, aka Mother of All Bombs, most powerful non-nuclear bomb made so far) delivers a hell of a punch & blast radius of up to a mile (in all direction) ..

GBU-43/B on display at the Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Note the grid fins.

Prototype MOAB an instant before impact on Eglin AFB’s Range 70.

Since the development in 2003 when the “Mother of All Bombs” (Massive Ordnance Air Blast)  was created in the USA, Russia has tested its “Father of All Bombs“, which is claimed to be four times as powerful as the MOAB.

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