What is 'mother of all bombs' (MOAB)?

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On Thursday, the United States dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan to target a cave used by Islamic State militants. The GBU-43 or the Massive Ordinance Air Blast also known as the Mother of all Bombs targetted an IS hideout in the Nangarhar province.

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This photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan.

Here is what we should know about the 'Mother of all Bombs.'

  • The non nuclear bomb was developed by Albert L Weimorts, Jr of Air Force Research Laboratory.
  • The bomb was first tested in 2003 in Florida at the Eglin Air Force Base.
  • The MOAB is believed to be the deadliest non-nuclear weapon designed
  • It leaves a cloud of smoke that is visible up to 20 miles from the scene of the blast.
  • The weapon weighs 21,600 pounds and costs around 16 million dollars
  • The bomb was devised to win a psychological war against the Iraq army.
  • It was designed to be used as a deterrent against Saddam Hussain
  • The bomb is meant for targets which are not easily reachable such as caves and canyons.
  • The bomb is GPS enabled and targets can be hit with smarter accuracy.

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