16 Apr '17, 1pm

The "mother of all bombs" the US used in Afghanistan? America has a bigger bomb:

The "mother of all bombs" the US used in Afghanistan? America has a bigger bomb:

KNOB NOSTER, Mo. (Tribune News Service) — The giant “mother of all bombs” dropped on an Islamic State target in eastern Afghanistan this week was the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat. It’s the second-heaviest non-nuclear bomb in the American arsenal. A bigger version can be packed into the B-2 stealth bomber based at Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo. That 30,000-pound satellite-guided bomb — the Pentagon calls it the GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator — might be considered the father of all bombs. The 22,000-pound bomb used in Afghanistan is the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB. It’s typically fused to detonate above its target and uses shock waves to destroy things on and below the ground. In contrast, the MOP was built to burrow into the ground and then explode. A B-2, which can carry up to 160 smaller bombs, can carry just two on a fl...

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