Trump has a penchant for expensive displays of military might. His last has the highest price tag. For the first time in US history, the US Military deployed their most powerful non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB, Or “Mother of All Bombs”) is the largest bomb used in warfare since the atom bomb in World War 2. The price tag of one bomb comes in at over $16 million dollars, or over 6 million of the school meals Trump wants to cut.
“The U.S. Air Force dropped the the second largest conventional bomb in its arsenal, and the largest conventional bomb to be used in combat, on ISIS forces in Afghanistan today. Thirty feet long and weighing as much as a F-16 fighter, the GBU-43/B bomb—also known as Massive Ordnance Air Blast, MOAB, or “Mother Of All Bombs”—is designed to destroy enemy forces both in the open and in enclosed spaces.”
“The GPS-guided MOAB weighs 21,700 pounds and is filled with 18,700 pounds of H6 explosive. The thirty foot long aluminum casing weighs only 3,000 pounds, which is an unusually low proportion of the bomb’s overall weight. Unlike many bombs, for which steel shrapnel is a primary effect, the MOAB is designed to generate explosive shockwaves and is stuffed as full of as much explosive as possible.”
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