On the heels of the death of a green beret who was killed in close combat on Saturday by ISIS fighters, the U.S. dropped what is referred to as the “mother of all bombs” in the same region in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
The 21,600 pound bomb is the largest in the Air Force arsenal and has never been used before in combat. Formally known as the GBU-43 or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, it was first developed in 2003. It is the world’s most massive non-nuclear weapon, with a blast radius of a mile.
According to Daily Mail, MOAB may be the most massive bomb in the world, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has a weapon four times more powerful than the US’ monster weapon that killed 36 ISIS militants in Afghanistan.
But the Russian version – called the Father Of All Bombs – weighs just 15,560lbs and is packed with the equivalent to 44 tons of explosive TNT.
This is four times more than the US’ model which obliterates anything in its blast zone, which is twice that of the MOAB.
Putin’s monster explosive is known officially as the Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power and is reportedly four times bigger than MOAB.
It carries 44 tons of TNT and explodes in the same way as its American counterpart, obliterating anything within the blast zone, collapsing buildings and producing huge blasts and aftershocks.
Although – like the MOAB – it is not nuclear, the aftermath of the bomb could be comparable to a nuke being deployed.
It was test-fired by the Russians in 2007 where the temperature produced by the blast was also twice as high than that in the MOAB.