On April 13, 2017, a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) was dropped on an ISIL-Khorasan cave complex in Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. It was the first use of the bomb on the battlefield.
MOAB 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. At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. 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 is the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat after being deployed in Afghanistan on 13 April 2017.
The bomb weighs some 20,000-pounds. The MOAB cost more than $300 million to develop and each bomb is estimated to cost $16 million. [ Learn More ]
“The weapon is so big that, while the cargo plane is in the air, the bomb rolls out of the rear on a pallet, pulled by a drogue parachute. It is designed to destroy tunnels and other underground facilities, and its blast radius is estimated to stretch a mile in every direction.” — New York Times
President Trump praised the military after the U.S. dropped the bomb in Afghanistan, calling it “another successful job.” [ Watch Video Clip ]