In this article, we will do Father of All Bombs (FOAB) Vs Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) comparison
What is Father of All Bombs (FOAB)?
The Father Of All Bombs, designed by Russian military is reportedly four times as powerful as the United States Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB). Which means that the Russian device is much more powerful conventional weapon in the world. On the other side, Russia’s claims had concerned the United States and its defence analysts had always questioned the power of FOAB.
In 2007, FOAB was first successfully field-tested in the late evening of September 11. The thermobaric device yields equivalent of 44 tonnes of TNT.
According to some reports, General Alexander Rushkin, the Russian Deputy Chief of Staff, claimed that the new bomb is smaller than the MOAB but much deadlier as the blast is twice as high then compared to MOAB.
What is Mother of All Bombs (MOAB)?
The “Mother of All Bombs” or MOAB is officially known as the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, is said to be the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in United States arsenal. The bomb has a capacity to penetrate through 60 meters (200 feet) of enforced concrete and is, therefore, suitable for deployment in contained environments such as bunkers and caves.
This is the first time a MOAB has been used in the battlefield. The MOAB was developed during Iraq War.
MOAB is considered as “the most fearsome explosive weapon” in the Pentagon’s possession. The Russian version of the MOAB is nicknamed as the “Father of All Bombs” or FOAB which is a bomber-delivered thermobaric weapon.
- Up to 1000 yards: Obliterates everything.
- Up to 1 mile: Knocks people, tents, light buildings, cars and jeeps over within 1-mile radius.
- Up to 1.7 miles: Shockwave kills people, causes severe damage to properties, equipment, blows trucks, tank off road.
- Up to 2 miles: Causes deafness.
- Up to 5 miles: Shakes ground, break windows.
- Up to 30 miles: 10,000-foot high mushroom crowd.
Most information on MOAB comes from a 2008 article from Eglin Air Force Base. The article which marked the five-year anniversary of the bomb, says that the GBU-43 weighs a massive 21,600 pounds. During testing, the MOAB created a mushroom cloud which was visible from 20 miles away from the blast.