(Achin) Post strike satellite photos have emerged of that MOAB strike the US carried out on the ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan last week.
data-lang="en-gb">The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) - or, in military speak, Mother of All Bombs is a 30ft (9m), 21,600lb (9,800kg), GPS-guided munition that is dropped from the cargo doors of an MC-130 transport plane and detonates shortly before it hits the ground. The MOAB falls from the aircraft on a pallet, which is then tugged aside by a parachute allowing the weapon to glide down, stabilised and directed by four grid-like fins. Its principal effect is a massive blast wave - said to stretch for a mile in every direction - created by 18,000lb of TNT.
Airbus DS satellite imagery showing aftermath of MOAB strike. Props to @obretix for getting the location right. pic.twitter.com/BkDimS2oKk— Jeremy Binnie (@JeremyBinnie) 20 April 2017