The United States dropped a GBU-43 bomb, also called the “Mother of all bombs” in Achin District of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. According to the US officials, the target was a series of caves in the region used by Islamic State militants.
Here are the key features about the bomb.
1. Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb
It is the largest non-nuclear bomb the US has ever used in combat. The US Air Force calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB).
2. Mother of All Bombs
Also known as the "mother of all bombs," the GBU-43 is a 21,600 pound (9,797 kg) GPS-guided munition and 11 tons of explosives.
3. Pilot Test in 2003
The bomb was developed by Albert Weimorts of the United States military and was first tested in March 2003, just days before the start of the Iraq war.
4. Massive Penetrative Power
MOAB has the penetrative power of about 60 meters (200 feet) of enforced concrete and is therefore, capable of clearing trees in a diameter of 152-metre.
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