And I’ve got the feeling that ISIS hiding out in Nangarhar, Afghanistan found that out yesterday…
And the meltdown has started… In the MSM, that is. HERE.
With the equivalent of 11 tons of TNT from 9.35 tons of compound H6, and a low altitude (less than 50 feet) air burst, it’s designed for soft targets, intimidation, and overpressure of things like tunnels.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs, was developed as a follow on to the GBU-82B weapon system, the official program was “Commando Vault”, but it was known as the “Daisy Cutter” in Vietnam and later in Afghanistan as an intimidation weapon. The white ‘probe’ off the nose of the weapon was the impact sensor that activated the bomb at a height of roughly 6 feet.
Two hundred and twenty-five were constructed starting in 1970. I saw one dropped on Koh Tang island during the Mayaguez incident, by an MC-130 to clear a landing area on top of the island for the Marine forces. Sadly they didn’t use that spot, instead landed on the beach…
You can go HERE and see the B-roll from the MOAB test drop in 2003. Note how the C-130 ‘jumps’ when it gets rid of 21,000 pounds out the aft ramp! That has to be an interesting ride from the inside!!!
Contrary to what ‘most’ of the MSM is saying, actual reporting indicates the area where the MOAB was dropped is wild country, and where the Afghan Army has already been fighting ISIS, with few if any ‘civilians’ in the area.
Personally, I think this is a wake up call, not only for ISIS, coming on the heels of the TLAM strikes in Syria, but also a rather pointed warning to the DPRK’s Kim Jong Un that the US is no longer a paper tiger, but one with teeth that they are ready to use!
LL, over at Virtual Mirage, has a good precis of the North Korea situation, HERE. It’s worth reading as he does an excellent job of boiling it down into understandable terms.