Most powerful non nuclear bomb dropped in Afghanistan.

AlienFTM

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Spicer stated it was a GBU43?
As possibly my first post in the thread suggested, maybe the spokeswoman spoke without clearance and, despite her telling the facts she was told to tell, somebody decided (and seemingly succeeded) to reclose the lid on Pandora's box. I'd believe someone military over a politician.

Why MOAB the surface above a cave system when you can penetrate it and blow it up from the inside?

I'm not the only person who distinctly heard Massive Ordnance Penetrator in the initial statement.

Who'd have thunk the US government would issue alternative truths, eh?
 
As possibly my first post in the thread suggested, maybe the spokeswoman spoke without clearance and, despite her telling the facts she was told to tell, somebody decided (and seemingly succeeded) to reclose the lid on Pandora's box. I'd believe someone military over a politician.

Why MOAB the surface above a cave system when you can penetrate it and blow it up from the inside?

I'm not the only person who distinctly heard Massive Ordnance Penetrator in the initial statement.

Who'd have thunk the US government would issue alternative truths, eh?
Ooh, you cynic...

That said, the MOAB isn't entirely inappropriate for the task since the concussive effect of the thing going BOOM! can have some rather nasty effects upon cave systems (or those in them); also in his news conference, General Nicholson made reference to defensive obstacles such as belts of IEDs which needed clearing - in which case, considering that the MOAB is the spiritual successor to the BLU-82, I guess it would make more sense...
 
Guys, if we can included bombs not dropped, was our WW1 St Eloi mine (95,000 lbs of collective "stuff" ) not a bit of a contender?
Nice big crater that one ....together with a deadly necklace of others.
If that does not count here...fair play!
10,000 enemy troops taken out in "a one-r" I read years back.
 
According to Wikipages, there were 15 of these things made of which 1 was taken to the Middle East for use in Desert Storm but never used. One can but suspect that the one dropped on the Tribal Area was that one and the remainder are still in the US. Although marginally heavier than Barnes-Wallis' Grand Slam, GS was a penetration "earth-moving" bomb. There is, apparently, a penetration variant of MOAB.
 
As possibly my first post in the thread suggested, maybe the spokeswoman spoke without clearance and, despite her telling the facts she was told to tell, somebody decided (and seemingly succeeded) to reclose the lid on Pandora's box. I'd believe someone military over a politician.

Why MOAB the surface above a cave system when you can penetrate it and blow it up from the inside?

I'm not the only person who distinctly heard Massive Ordnance Penetrator in the initial statement.

Who'd have thunk the US government would issue alternative truths, eh?
Twas MOAB, a Friend in Kabul right now was one of the USAF ammo specialists who assembled it for use. Hes never lied to me before since he used to be one of my Infantry NCO's before going Blue job
 

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Re Grand Slam, this programme, recently repeated on C4 from November 2015, about Hitler's V3 'supergun' at Mimoyeques has some interesting stuff in its second half about the Grand Slam which ultimately destroyed it before it could be used. To get there one has of course to wade through the adverts, the GS bits are interleaved with other stuff, and the general tone is for people with a limited attention span, but the GS is there including shots of the surviving one at Brooklands.

Building Hitler's Supergun - All 4
 
'Mother' should not be used to describe a bomb, Pope says
Pope isn't happy. Still, I suppose he'd be happy if it was a NGSB (None Gender Specific Bomb), or maybe he'd rather talk to IS? Has he complained about the Russian FAOB?
Pope Francis on Saturday criticised the naming of the U.S. military's biggest non-nuclear explosive as "the Mother of All Bombs", saying the word "mother" should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon.

The U.S. Air Force dropped such a bomb, officially designated as the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan last month. The nickname was widely used in briefings and reporting on the attack.

"I was ashamed when I heard the name," Pope Francis told an audience of students on Saturday. "A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is happening?"

Pope Francis is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump on May 24 in a potentially awkward encounter given their opposing positions on immigration, refugees and climate change.
 

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