Deploying the MOAB

At 1,800 metres or higher, the bomb is extracted on a cradle from the bay of the MC-130 by parachute

The bomb detaches from the cradle when clear of the aircraft.

 

Fins on the tail of the bomb are controlled by satellite guidance

The weapon is detonated two metres above the surface. Aluminium powder accelerates explosive pressure

The massive amount of oxygen burnt results in a vacuum, causing suffocation at ground level or in tunnels below

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At 1,800 metres or higher, the bomb is extracted on a cradle from the bay of the MC-130 by parachute

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The bomb detaches from the cradle when clear of the aircraft

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Fins on the tail of the bomb are controlled by a satellite guidance system allowing for precise targeting

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The weapon is detonated two metres above the surface. Aluminium powder accelerates explosive pressure

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The massive amount of oxygen burnt results in a vacuum, causing suffocation at ground level or in tunnels below