US drops largest bomb in Afghanistan killing 36 Islamic State Militants

GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) was dropped by the US military in Afghanistan at 7:00 pm local time, on Thursday, 13 April 2017 according the sources. MOAB also called as Mother Of All Bombs was dropped to target the ISIS tunnels and personnel in Achin district of  Nangarhar province near Pakistan border. As a matter of fact, MOAB, imparts only 1/10th of 1% of Hiroshima bomb did, with no radio-logical effect according the Fox News Column. It is said the MOAB unleashes 11 tons of explosives, officially known a GBU-43B. According to one of the sources,  this explosive cost around $16 million per unit and so far, US has spent around $314 million on the production of the explosives.

According to the Afghan Officials (AFP), the bomb strike has killed at least 36 Islamic State Militants. The blast from the munition has destroyed three underground tunnel as well as weapons and ammunition, having no civilians hurt.


According to the AFP reports, “Even the smallest of the US military’s atomic arsenal, the B-61 at its minimum configuration, has an explosive yield roughly 30 times that of the MOAB.” MOAB is 21,600 pounds, a GPS-guided, America’s most powerful non-nuclear munition. The bomb was dropped by a MC -130 aircraft which was operated by Air Force Special Operations Command. This munition was developed during the Iraq War and this is the first time a MOAB is used by the Americans in the battleground.

This munition was designed to target areas like surface facilities, tunnel entrances, troop concentration etc. The bomb was in the arsenal for more than a decade since developed. The MOAB works with the help of GPS.  One it is pushed out the rear of the aircraft, it gets launched.  Upon this, it automatically slows down by a parachute to avoid sudden explosion. It explodes in the air, creating a huge amount of pressure to  make structure collapse or to make tunnels.

Source: The Time Of India

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