GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) was just used for the first time in combat. This is our largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal (a 21,000lb bomb). Thank you ISIS for being the prime “real world” test platform for the MOAB. God’s speed to hell. (See more at the WASHINGTON TIMES)
✦ Nicknamed the ‘Mother of all Bombs’ ✦ The world’s largest non-nuclear weapon ✦ Each bomb costs around $16 million (£12.8 million) ✦ Its explosion is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT and the blast radius is a mile wide ✦ First tested by US forces in 2003 ✦ It is designed to destroy heavily reinforced targets or to shatter ground forces and armour across a large area ✦ 30 feet (9 metres) long and 40 inches (1 metre) wide ✦ Weighs 21,000lbs (9,500kg) – heavier than the Hiroshima nuclear bomb ✦ Blast radius stretches a mile in each direction ✦ Leaves no lasting radiation effect
HOW IT IS DEPLOYED
✦ The bomb has ‘grid’ fins that fold into the body during carriage ✦ It can only be deployed out of the back of large cargo plane due to its size ✦ The bomb rides on a pallet – a parachute pulls the pallet and bomb out of the plane ✦ The pallet then separates so that the bomb can fall to its target ✦ The bomb’s grid fins extend to help control the bomb’s descent ✦ It accelerates rapidly to its terminal velocity and is partially guided to its target via satellite ✦ It explodes six feet (1.8 metres) above the ground ✦ The idea behind this ‘airburst’ mechanism is to spread its destructive range
A powerful event in a journey home. Even in death this patriot makes people proud, and brings tears to their eyes. This Green Beret has not been the only hero has come home for his final resting, but one who was filmed coming home to North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham Airport on Tuesday is, Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas, of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. Here is more from the ARMY TIMES:
A Special Forces warrant officer has died from injuries he suffered in a vehicle accident while serving in Africa, a U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman confirmed to Army Times on Thursday.
Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas, of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, died Feb. 2, Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt confirmed. His death was first reported by U.S. Army W.T.F.! Moments.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Warrant Officer Thomas’ family, friends and colleagues,” 3rd Special Forces Group officials said in a statement.
Officials couldn’t specify the type of vehicle or any other details of the accident because of the ongoing investigation, said Sgt. 1st Class Victor Aguirre, a USASOC spokesman.
Thomas and members of his unit are part of a contingent of soldiers, both civil affairs and Special Forces, deployed to central Africa to train local troops and support the local population in countering the spread of terrorist groups.
“SF teams are advising members of the Nigerien Armed Forces who are conducting counter-Boko Haram operations to bring stability to the Lake Chad Basin region,” Aguirre said.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
While I show this video of this singular man… my heart bleeds red-white-and-blue for all our service members… especially the ones who gave it all….