On 13-4-2017, a GBU-43, also known as MOAB, fell in Afghanistan. Gerardof Fortunyoski tells us a bit about GBU-43.
On 13-4-2017, a GBU-43, also known as MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast), was dumped from a C-130 Hercules and fell in on an underground ISIS warehouse (in Afghanistan). In this bombing, 36 people died.
The GBU-43 was designed in 2002, and entered into service in 2003. It is built by the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. The length of the MOAB is 9,170 m, its diameter 1,029 m, its weight 9.5 tons, of which 8.4 t are explosive high power in its cone. The explosion diameter is about 1.40 km, the partial destruction at the “zero zone” due to the shock wave of the air reaches a distance of 1,5 km from the epicenter.
But, the MOAB isn’t is the no nuclear more potent bomb. The more potent no nuclear bomb is ATBIP (Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power). This Russian bomb was first tested in 2007. Several sources claim that the ATBIP is four times more powerful than the American GBU-43 / B, and also with a lower weight. But, the silence of the Russian authorities on the bomb, prevents to know much more of her.