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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): November 2011
Total Production: 20
Unitary Cost: USD$16 million
Also Known As: MOAB and Mother Of All Bombs
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: GBU-43/B
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): November 2011
Total Production: 20
Production Cost: USD$314 million
Total Cost: USD$314 million
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Description: The GBU-43/B, also known as Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or Mother Of All Bombs, is a 20,000-pound class bomb designed to hit large areas of enemy territory to achieve a terrifying psychological impact. It uses a GPS-based navigation system and a single blast-type warhead. The yield of this weapon is equivalent to 11-ton of TNT obliterating an area of 200-250 meters radius.

The MOAB bomb was developed to be available for the Iraq campaign in 2003 (Operation Iraqi Freedom), but finally it was not deployed. It has been designed to be dropped by an MC-130 Combat Talon aircraft. The final developmental test was carried out on March 11, 2003. It was employed for the first time by the US Air Force to fight the Islamic State in Afghanistan on April 13, 2017.

GBU-43/B Applications

Support Aircraft MC-130H Talon II

GBU-43/B Specifications

Diameter: 1,030 millimeter (41 inch)
Length: 9.14 meter (360 inch)
Warhead: 8,500 kilogram (18,739 pound)
Weight: 9,850 kilogram (21,715 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

GBU-43/B News

There are 7 news between
12 Mar 2003 and 4 Jan 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019Chinese H-6K Bomber Drops Massive Bomb
Thursday, March 22, 2018US Special Operations Forces to Order 3,600 GBU-69/B Glide Bombs
Tuesday, January 30, 2018US Air Force Upgrades GBU-57 MOP Bomb for Potential Use against North Korea
Tuesday, May 23, 2017US Air Force Developing 3D Printed Variants of GBU-43 Bombs
Sunday, April 16, 2017US Air Force Successfully Tests B61-12 Nuclear Bomb from F-16 Aircraft
Thursday, April 13, 2017US Air Force Marks First Use of Massive GBU-43/B Bomb
Wednesday, March 12, 2003MOAB Tested

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