Enter the MOAB

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  1. Chuck Mayer

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    Today, the Air Force tested the largest conventional bomb to exist in the U.S. arsenal.

    The MOAB
    Massive Ordnance Air Blast

    nicknamed

    Mother of all Bombs

    Video should be available from a chase plane on the evening news.

    It's 40% bigger than the infamous Daisy Cutter.

    Interesting.

    Take care,
    Chuck
     
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    All the fun of a tactical nuke with none of that messy radiation... Sigh... LOL.
     
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    Isn't "Moab" the biblical name for somewhere around Palistine?
     
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    In terms of yield, how does this fascinating weapon compare with a smaller nuclear device? There was nothing in the MSNBC story indicating whether the blast was in the kiloton range or what. Very, very interesting.
     
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    Well, this was 18,000 lbs of explosive, and it's tritonal (which is more powerful than the typical "TNT" used, but i don't know by how much), so at most say 9-50 (100 at the outside) "tons" of TNT...

    The original bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a yield of 15 kilotons, so that's a fair bit more, even then it's still 1500 to 150 times LESS powerful than the Hiroshima bomb...
     
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    man, what a beast!

    perfect example for the phrase, "your tax dollars at work".

    i gotta admit, it's tough to mess with america when it comes to military technology. with stuff like this in our arsenal who's gonna argue with us? [​IMG]
     
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    A fuel bomb in today's gas market economy? [​IMG]
     
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    The explosion looked remarkable similar to a nuke, too. I have a DVD copy of Beyond Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie. Fascinating stuff!
     
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    The MOAB is guided by global positioning satellites. It spreads a flammable mist over the target, then ignites it, producing a highly destructive blast.

    Military officials gave the acronym as "Massive Ordnance Air Blast" or "Massive Ordnance Air Burst" but they have nicknamed it the "Mother Of All Bombs."

    The power of the 10.5-ton MOAB bomb falls far short of that generated by nuclear weapons, however.

    The Daisy Cutter, used in Vietnam to clear swatches of jungle for helicopter landing sites, is a "dumb" bomb dropped directly over the target. The MOAB is more precise, relying on the satellite positioning system to hit its mark.

    So the MOAB is not a "dumb" bomb, it's a clever bomb, intriguing, hmmm if its more easier to produce than a nuclear bomb lets hope it doesn't one day fall into the wrong hands.[​IMG]
     
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    A little off topic but... I also have Beyond Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie, and it is indeed fascinating (as well as scary). But the scariest footage of nuclear blasts I've seen is from a Discovery Channel documentary a few years back called "The Red Bomb".

    It was about how the Soviets developed their own atomic and hydrogen bombs, and these were in the multi-megaton range (I think the highest was about 50 megatons). The images were horrifying, as they showed how the bombs incinerated large nearby farm animals, blew up buildings miles away, and how radiation sickness affected the poor farmers who lived in relative proximity to the blasts. In fact, these tests were so horrific that it convinced several Soviet nuclear scientists to plead for a moratorium of above-ground nuclear tests and even a banishment of all such weapons.

    I think a demonstration of a bomb such as the MOAB (or even an atomic bomb) is a good way of preventing a war from starting. Better to do this than actually use it on people. Hopefully, the enemy would be scared enough that they wouldn't think about entering a war after seeing such a demonstration, but I think in Saddam's case, he'd rather risk having all his people killed than surrender. He's a mad man, after all.

    Hey, maybe they should film the blast in IMAX format and let them see the awesome destruction of the MOAB. Maybe then they'll disarm on the spot. In fact, wouldn't an atomic bomb test be a good subject for an IMAX film? Can you imagine how many subwoofers would be destroyed by the soundtrack?[​IMG] But seriously, I think such a film would convince people all over the world to plead for the ban of all nuclear weapons.
     
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    Some town in Utah with the name "Moab" is looking to sue for lost tourism dollars.
     
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    We need to stop tease and use the A-bomb.
     
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    Um, I think there have been enough nuclear blasts already in the history of the world. We don't need any more. [​IMG]
     

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