What is MOAB 'Mother of all bombs'? MUST KNOW things about GBU-43/B

The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the "mother of all bombs," in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants.

What is MOAB 'Mother of all bombs'? MUST KNOW things about GBU-43/B

Washington: The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the "mother of all bombs," in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants.

It was the first time this type of bomb had been used in combat and was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft.

Here are things you need to know about this 'mother of all bombs':-

- It is GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB ("mother of all bombs")

- A MOAB weighs 21,600 pounds

- It is GPS-guided bomb

- It is America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb

- The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by Air Force Special Operations Command

- This is the first time a MOAB has been used in the battlefield

- This munition was developed during the Iraq War