Russia’s ‘Father of All Bombs’ versus US ‘Mother of All Bombs’

While the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) – the “Mother of All Bombs” – is believed to be the US’ largest non-nuclear bomb, Russia’s Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power (ATBIP), nicknamed the “Father of All Bombs,” outpaces the US munition in terms of its destructive power and the blast radius.

On April 13 Washington dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province targeting Daesh’s (Islamic State, also known ISIS/ISIL) underground shelters.

According to observers, the 22,000-pound munition — the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — also referred to as the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB), has sent a strong message to the world.

“Russia’s Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power [ATBIP]-though physically smaller than the GBU-43/B-has a much larger explosive yield,” Dave Majumdar of the National Interest reported, “Based around thermobaric explosives, the ATBIP — sometimes called the ‘Father of All Bombs’ [FOAB] — has the destructive power equivalent to roughly 88,000lbs of TNT.”

For comparison’s sake, the blast radius of the GBU-43 is 140 meters.

Russia’s “Father of All Bombs” was successfully field-tested in 2011, after being dropped by the Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber.

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