On Thursday, the U.S. military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in eastern Afghanistan in an area known to be populated with ISIS militants. The GBU-43B is also referred to as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast. The 22,000-pound conventional bomb that has gained the nickname the “Mother Of All Bombs,” was dropped in Nangarhar Province. The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft on ISIS tunnels and fighters in the Achin district.
The GBU-43/B was first tested in 2003 but has never been used before in combat.
The military uses a C-130 transport plane to drop the bomb because of its size.
The video below shows the GBU-43/B being tested circa 2003. Check out the tremendous power the MOAB has: