According to Russian-run news site RT, one of Iran’s top commanders is claiming the country possesses the “father of all bombs,” referring to a bomb more powerful than the U.S.’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.
Affectionately referred to by service members as the “mother of all bombs,” the U.S. military’s MOAB is meant to be used for “strategic messaging,” according to Air Force officials. The 21,000-pound bomb has a blast radius of one mile.
Iran’s Aerospace Force commander, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, from Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), reportedly made claims that the new Iranian bomb was developed under the IRCG as a special request.
“Following a proposal by the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), [Iran’s] Defense Industries [Organization] manufactured a 10-ton bomb. These bombs are at our disposal,” Hajizadeh said, according to PressTV. “They can be launched from Ilyushin aircraft and they are highly destructive.”
The commander did not offer further details on the capabilities of the bomb, but his reference to the MOAB did make a comparison to its potential.
According to RT:
“The commander called the device the ‘father of all bombs,’ comparing it to the US GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), commonly known as the ‘mother of all bombs.’
Since the American device weighs 9.8 tons and yields 11 tons in TNT equivalent, the IRGC commander presumably referred to the weight of the new Iranian ordnance rather than its destructive potential.”
The U.S.’s MOAB was first used in combat on April 13, 2017, when the military dropped the device in Afghanistan, reportedly killing 36 members of ISIS.
According to RT, Hajizadeh’s designation of the new Iranian bomb as the “father of all bombs” may clash with a non-nuclear bomb Russia already possesses, known as the “daddy.”
“The Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power, known as the ‘father of all bombs’ (FOAB), was successfully tested by Russia in 2007, with impressive results for a non-nuclear device – a 44-ton yield when detonated. The bomb explodes midair, vaporizing its targets, collapsing structures, and leaving a moon-like scorched landscape,” RT reports.
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