FOAB after impact and detonation
Russia tries to retake it's position on the world stage.

Yesterday, Russia detonated the largest non-nuclear weapon in history. The bomb is currently dubbed the “Father of all Bombs” as a play on the American Massive Ordnance Air Burst or “Mother of all Bombs.” Russia has not cited an official designation for the bomb, but it has already solidified its nickname.

The American MOAB is air dropped from the back of a C-130 cargo plane. MOAB uses 8 tons of high explosive to produce an explosion of roughly 11 tons of TNT. This was up until yesterday the most powerful conventional bomb in the world. Today it looks like Russia now holds that title.

The “FOAB” is dropped from a Tu-160 Strategic Bomber and uses just 7.8 tons of a new high explosive that produces an explosion equivalent to 44 tons of TNT. That is 4 times that of the American MOAB. The Tu-160 Strategic Bombers are the same ones that Russia restarted last month.

Both bombs are Thermobaric based. They use a “Fuel air burst” to scatter a cloud of fine explosive particles and then using a super heated explosion in the center cause a massive detonation in mid air. This process causes a massive shockwave that can destroy roughly 9 city blocks on the MOAB. The Russian “FOAB” has roughly twice the blast radius at 990 feet.

Both bombs consume all oxygen in the area during detonation, ensuring that even if you survived the blast, you will likely die from oxygen deprivation before the oxygen can fill the gaping space left by the bombs. Russia quotes the "FOAB" as environmentally friendly as it does not leave any fall out or radiation, but the explosion still would surely decimate the area it is dropped in.

Televised remarks from a Russian General state the new “FOAB” is comparable to a nuclear weapon in efficiency and capability. By comparison, the nuclear device dropped on Hiroshima had an explosion rated at 13,000 tons of TNT. Nevertheless, as far as anyone has confirmed, Russia now has the largest and most powerful air burst weapon in the world.

The U.S. military claims to possess several larger air burst weapons but none have been demonstrated publicly.

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