Tuesday, October 17, 2006
GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb
Tonight, just for fun, I read about the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. I had heard of the Daisycutter, a bomb that was first used in Vietnam to clear a space in the thick jungle for a helicopter to land, then more recently used in Afghanistan to blow up terrorist caves, and to generally scare the fuck out of people there. Well, that bomb caused big damage. The blast radius was anywhere between 300 and 900 feet, or about 100 to 300 metres. If you saw that bomb coming down, you would have to run pretty damn fast to escape the blast radius, don't you agree?
Anyway, I found out that there is a bigger bomb than the Daisycutter, and it is called the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, also known as the *Mother Of All Bombs*. The blast radius of this motherfucker is around one mile in every direction. If you thought you had to run fast to escape the blast radius of the Daisycutter, then forget about it in this case - just lie down and pray to your god; your ass is grass with this bastard. In fact, when they showed a video of a MOAB test explosion to a group of people, they all believed they were watching footage of a nuclear blast.
The MOAB: far more effective than the Daisycutter at inspiring psychological terror.