We all know by now, about one of the biggest recent news of the world. US forces dropped a non-nuclear weapon in Afghanistan. There is a lot of noise in the world about the power, size, and impact of that bomb. The weapon is named as the “mother of all bombs”. So, we decided to find what this non-nuclear weapon of US force was like.
The weapon is known as GBU-43/B, and nicknamed as “Mother of all bombs’, was dropped by US force on Afghanistan.
The weapon carries about 8,164 kilograms of explosives, which is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT, its radius was a mile wide. It cost around $16 million.
It was first tested in 2003, and was developed to be used in Iraq invasion but was never developed by the war.
The size of the “mother of the bomb” is about 30 feet long and 40 inches wide. The weight of the bomb is more than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It weighs 9,500kg.
To deploy the bomb the US force had to use a unique system, a parachute takes the bomb out of the plane that separates from the explosive. It is accelerated to the target via satellite.
They had the problem in dropping it since it was too big to drop from the bomb-bay door, so they had to kick it out of the back door.
The Defence Secretary said, “The goal is to have the pressure be so great that Saddam Hussein cooperates”. He added, “Short of that an unwillingness to cooperate the goal is to have the capabilities of the coalition so clear and so obvious that there is an enormous disincentive for the Iraqi military to fight against the coalition.”