Forget the ‘Mother of All Bombs,’ Meet the Russian-Made ‘Daddy’

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The US boasts that its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), known as the ‘Mother of all bombs’, is the largest ever non-nuclear bomb used in combat but, don’t be fooled, Russia possesses something far superior. Kids, meet Daddy.

The Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power, known as the ‘Father of all bombs’ (FOAB), was developed by Russia in 2007 and eclipses its US rival in both power and efficiency.

It can inflict a 44 ton-yield when detonated, compared to the 11-ton-yield of the mother. Unlike its US counterpart though it’s less hefty, weighing in at 7,100kg compared to 8,200kg.

The FOAB explodes mid-air, combining with atmospheric oxygen to extend the blast radius as it vaporizes targets and collapses structures. Gases are burnt within the vicinity of the blast producing a vacuum, which can drag objects in towards the center of the explosion.

Following its 2007 test, the location of which is unknown, the targeted area was left with scorched earth described as looking “more like the surface of the moon.”

Alexander Rukshin, a deputy chief of the Russian armed forces, said at the time it showed “its effectiveness and capabilities are comparable to nuclear weapons. At the same time use of this weapon does not damage or pollute the environment, like a nuclear weapons.”

Russia’s defense ministry said its development did not contradict any international arms agreement, insisting it’s not the start of a new arms race and that the FOAB would replace smaller nuclear bombs in its arsenal.

The FOAB differs in one significant way to the MOAB though – Russia has never felt the need to use it.

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  • Let us pray that it is never used against any country.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      I don’t know – the Saudi Royal compound might make a good Target.

      • Unfortunately it would be seen as an act of religious extremism, since Russia is more Christian than America is, and the House of Saud is the most militant Islamic center of power on the planet. On the other hand, if the Saudis and the Israelis could be gotten together…

      • No! Let them focus on their own affairs, and let us focus on our own.

    • There has never been a weapon created that hasn’t been used against someone else.

      • Oh, really?

        Some of the weapons on that list have been used, but there are some that have not been used in war.

        • Maybe that is because there hasn’t been a legitimate, declared war involving Americans since WW2. Beyond that, I doubt that you are thinking on the humanscale of forever as I was.

          • That is true. We can’t even call it ‘war’ as much as much as it siphoning off of developing nations in order to create the American empire. I was referring to weapons in general; not just limited to the United States.

          • Google “What Julian Assange Is Really Doing” and read the Freedom’s Phoenix hit, which should be the first.

  • tonye

    Gentlemen, we have a FOAB gap!

    A new FOAB race!

  • Ian Lander

    Seems like it would be less effective against blowing up underground tunnels since the FOAB is detonated mid-air, which is what the US wanted to accomplish in Afghanistan with the MOAB. Mama knows how to get under the skin…

  • ripinandatearin

    That happened in my bathroom after I ate taco bell.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ


    What we have here is a gender yield gap, which must be eliminated.
    This sort of misobomby is unacceptable!

  • Clementine

    It is truly pathetic the amount of time and money that is put into murder and destruction… if all those resources were focused in making life better we would all be on easy street!

    • Until the amount of profit from making and using such weapons becomes nil, they will continue to be made and used for the purposes of the military-intelligence complex. As long as the American populace continue to believe the lies of their leaders, we will continue to spend money on murder and destruction.
      “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities.” Voltaire

  • Freespirit

    WORDS of WISDOM from a truly INDEPENDENT ex pat, MORRIS living somewhere, (other than the U.S.), on this planet and, yes, even from ADAM KOKESH, living somewhere else, both DOERS: AND AND

    “Ignorance is Strength” OR “TRUMP and SYRIA,
    for Dummies”, from James Corbett:

  • It is not Paranoia

    Let’s make EVEN BIGGER bomb!! Because everything is about how big bomb you have…

    Are you ever ashamed of being human? I am.