US Has Just Dropped It’s Deadliest Non-Nuclear Bomb Near Pakistan Border In Afghanistan

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Updated on 13 Jul, 2017 at 1:58 pm

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The United States has just dropped the world’s second-most deadly non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. According to reports, the Pentagon confirmed that the US Air Force dropped the GBU-43 in Achin.

 

An MOAB being rolled out of a US Air Force armament center. Wikimedia Commons

Officially called the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, the acronym has resulted in the nickname “Mother Of All Bombs”.

The MOAB was dropped at around 7 pm local time on a cave complex inhabited by Islamic State barbarians. The location is very close to the Pakistan border.

 

The location of Achin, where the bomb was dropped. It is just around 70 kilometers from peshawar in Pakistan. Wikimedia Commons

This marks the first combat use of the 22,000-pound bomb, which is the largest non-nuclear weapon in the US military’s arsenal.


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According to Pentagon spokesperson Adam Stump, the bomb containing 11 tons of explosives was dropped from the rear of an MC-130 aircraft.



 

An MC-130, the kind of aircraft used to ferry the bomb to the target area. AirTeamImages

The almost 30-feet-long bomb was simply rolled out of the cargo hold of the plane on the target.

 

A photo showing the moment before a GBU-43 hit the ground. Wikimedia Commons

Pentagon said that the use of a network of tunnels and caves made it necessary for the USAF to use the MOAB. Tunnels and caves are sometimes impenetrable by normal bombs.


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The world’s deadliest non-nuclear bomb is Russia’s “Father Of All Bombs”, which is slightly smaller than the MOAB but is four times more powerful.


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