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hamid18
Tuesday 23rd of October 2007 09:42:54 AM
MOAB and FOAB: I understand that Russia has recently tested a new conventional (non-nuclear) bomb that is said to be 4 times more powerful than the US bomb MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air-Blast Bomb AKA "Mother of all Bombs"). It weighs 7.8 tons and generates a shockwave equivalent to 44-tons of TNT. Everything in existence (that's alive) merely evaporates. But unlike MOAB, it's non-nuclear and therefore not (quite so) bad for the environment :|

How does anybody develop such a powerful weapon such as this? And why does everybody want to have a bomb these days? Is this some sort of safety precaution Russia is taking for it's own people?


Joe
Tuesday 23rd of October 2007 07:40:59 PM
Actually, I believe that the MOAB is non-nuclear as well - it uses a combination of HDX and TNT as the high-energy explosive that drives the air burst. (I have a friend who's ex- US Air Force, if I can get a hold of him, I'll ask him, he'll know for sure)

As for how they develop them - lots and lots of science. Why they develop them? You'll probably get different answers depending on just who you ask. Defense, aggression... who knows.

Edit to add: here's a video on the MOAB from the show Future Weapons, on Discovery Channel here in the US

[url=http://www.metacafe.com/watch/306608/the_mother_of_all_bombs/]MOAB Video

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