The U.S. recently dropped what is referred to as MOAB (The Mother of All Bombs) on a target in Afghanistan. This bomb was enormous, weighing over 20,000+ pounds. According to the Russian Times (RT), however, this giant GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb,is not the most powerful bomb in the world. The RT claims that, “Russia possess [sic] something far superior.” Really? Okay, let’s hear about it, Russia.

The ‘Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power, known as the “Father of all bombs” (FOAB), is said to have been created by Russia in 2007. Reports are that it is both more powerful and more efficient than MOAB, its American rival.

RT also claims that, not only is the FOAB “less hefty” than MOAB, it is also less expensive to manufacture and kind to the environment. Say what? Kind to the environment? Sure, okay.

Yes, according to Alexander Rukshin, the deputy chief of the Russian armed forces, “Its effectiveness and capabilities are comparable to nuclear weapons. At the same time use of this weapon does not damage or pollute the environment, like a [sic] nuclear weapons.” This RT article ends with an dig to the Trump administration, with Rukshin stating that, though the FOAB is far superior to and more powerful than the U.S.A.’s MOAB bomb, “Russia has never felt the need to use it.”

Okay, Russia. Keep talking. We’re listening, and sometimes laughing. But we certainly aren’t afraid!

Video Transcript:

The world’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb has been detonated by Russia. The resulting mega blast was said to be as potent as an atomic explosion, but without the radioactive fallout.

No information of where this test took place, no sound of the explosion. You’re watching the testing of what Russia says is the world’s most powerful bomb.

Tests show its effectiveness and capabilities are comparable to nuclear weapons. At the same time, use of this weapon doesn’t damage or pollute the environment like a nuclear weapon.

The bomb explodes in mid-air, igniting a fuel-air mixture. The destruction is caused by extremely high temperatures and aftershocks, incinerating everything in sight. Afterwards, scorched earth looks more like the surface of the moon. But according to the military, there is no chemical or radioactive fallout.

Russia’s defense ministry says its development does not contradict any of its international arms agreements, and insists that it is not the start of a new arms race.

Up until now, the U.S. had the most powerful fuel-air bomb in the world, christened “The Mother of All Bombs,” it was tested in 2003 in Eglin Airforce Base in Florida. The Russian military has dubbed its version, “The Father of All Bombs.”

Known as the vacuum bomb, it uses a fuel-air explosive more powerful than TNT, and can create shockwaves equal to an atomic bomb.

It allows us to reduce accuracy requirements, which makes it cheaper.

Russia says its bomb is smaller and lighter, yet four times more powerful than the U.S. version, and destroys a larger area. U.S. experts say that the development of such a weapon could be very significant.

In both cases these are fuel-air explosives, designed to generate intense blast pressure over a large area. It is reported that the Russian bomb is a so-called thermobaric bomb, that produces both blast and heat. The Russian military has been a pioneer in the development and use of these thermobaric weapons. This would have to be one of the largest deliverable, droppable bombs in military history.

According to the military, the new weapon will replace several smaller types of nuclear bombs in its arsenal, helping to maintain the country’s security and to confront international terrorism in any setting, and in any region.