Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Beijing, China (4E) – Better late than never. China has detonated its largest non-nuclear bomb, calling it the “Mother of All Bombs,” or MOAB, which is what the United States also calls its largest bomb.
Developed by arms giant China North Industries Group Corporation Limited (NORINCO), the Chinese Mother of All Bombs was revealed in a video showing it being dropped by a Xian Chinese H-6K bomber. The video shows the bomb in freefall and ends in a tremendous explosion as the massive bomb detonates after apparently striking the ground. It is unclear if the bomb is an airburst or ground detonator.
The nearly six-meter-long bomb was first unveiled during this same NORINCO promotional video. It is said to be China’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.
Chinese state-controlled media reported “the weapon will also spread fear among enemies if a weapon of this caliber is deployed.” It also claims the massive blast can easily and completely wipe out fortified ground targets such as reinforced buildings, bastions and defense shelters.
The bomb can also be used to pave the way for troop deployment in obstacle-strewn areas such as forests.
It is smaller and lighter than the U.S.-made GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (or MOAB), the only such bomb ever used in combat.
GBU-43/B is a large-yield bomb, developed for by the Air Force Research Laboratory. At the time of development, it was the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the American arsenal.
GBU-43B is a GPS-guided weapon that weighs a mammoth 10 metric tons or 21,600 pounds. It was designed to be delivered by a Lockheed C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants.
This bomb was first dropped in combat in the April 13, 2017 airstrike against a tunnel complex in Achin District in Afghanistan built by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant- Khorasan Province (ISIS).
MOAB was designed in 2002 as a replacement for the BLU-82 Daisy Cutter.
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