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Reply #10 - 04/13/17 at 14:08:55
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Reply #11 - 04/13/17 at 14:33:33
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"I'd bomb the hell out of'em" DJT

Another campaign promise kept. LOL
  

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Reply #12 - 04/13/17 at 15:37:47
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darroll wrote on 04/13/17 at 13:53:44:
It's the biggest bomb we have.
Nukes are illegal.
Hope it caves in a few hidey holes.


According to who?

This little demonstration was nice, but it is well passed time we sent a real message and used our most powerful nukes on North Korea. The world has forgotten our ability to flatten nations that refuse to go along with our program.
  
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Re: US drops LARGEST non-nuclear bomb in combat for FIRST time
Reply #13 - 04/13/17 at 15:41:19
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WAlt wrote on 04/13/17 at 13:20:32:
Big deal. 21K pounds isn't all that much. That's less than 11 tons.

The Hiroshima, Japan, bomb had a yield of between 13-18 kilotons of TNT. That by today's standard is a mere firecracker.

Just using the smallest of the above TNT yield (13 kilotons), the MAOB dropped today, it would take 1,181 such bombs just to equal the yield of the Hiroshima bomb -- if the MOAB bomb has the same TNT equivalent. The explosive used in the MOAB bomb is no doubt more powerful than TNT, but still, the bomb pales in comparison to the small Hiroshima atomic bomb.

The article is misleading: The bomb – twice the size of the nuke dropped on Hiroshima – was dropped on Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, the Pentagon has confirmed.

The MOAB bomb may be twice the size of the Hiroshima bomb -- but it's only a mere fraction of the TNT equivalent yield size. This is a useless apples to oranges comparison, IMO.

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Re: US drops LARGEST non-nuclear bomb in combat for FIRST time
Reply #14 - 04/13/17 at 15:53:43
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WAlt wrote on 04/13/17 at 13:20:32:
Big deal. 21K pounds isn't all that much. That's less than 11 tons.

The Hiroshima, Japan, bomb had a yield of between 13-18 kilotons of TNT. That by today's standard is a mere firecracker.

Just using the smallest of the above TNT yield (13 kilotons), the MAOB dropped today, it would take 1,181 such bombs just to equal the yield of the Hiroshima bomb -- if the MOAB bomb has the same TNT equivalent. The explosive used in the MOAB bomb is no doubt more powerful than TNT, but still, the bomb pales in comparison to the small Hiroshima atomic bomb.

The article is misleading: The bomb – twice the size of the nuke dropped on Hiroshima – was dropped on Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, the Pentagon has confirmed.

The MOAB bomb may be twice the size of the Hiroshima bomb -- but it's only a mere fraction of the TNT equivalent yield size. This is a useless apples to oranges comparison, IMO.

Not a big deal in comparison to nuclear weapons, certainly. However, the HE compunds of today yield anywhere from 200% to 800% higher explosive velocities than TNT. When talking explosive velocities, twice the velocity yields 4 times the destructive force. Since this is described as the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the world, I would estimate the HE used has at least 5X the explosive velocity of TNT, meaning 25 times the destructive power of TNT.

Then there are other factors, such as shaped charge technology directing the majority of the force in a desired direction (ie: straight down) instead of the old-fashioned spherical explosions of yesteryear.

Not much compared to nuclear, true. But I can guarantee you would NOT want to be under one when it goes off, even hiding in a deep cave.
  
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Reply #15 - 04/13/17 at 15:58:01
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I hope they at least killed more than 3 ISIS slugs.  Roll Eyes

I want to see THOUSANDS killed.  Not just a few.

I remember when they were bombing near Tora Bora. 
Seemed like all they did was bomb dirt.
  


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Reply #16 - 04/13/17 at 16:26:49
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Nyte_Byrd wrote on 04/13/17 at 15:58:01:
I hope they at least killed more than 3 ISIS slugs.  Roll Eyes

I want to see THOUSANDS killed.  Not just a few.

I remember when they were bombing near Tora Bora. 
Seemed like all they did was bomb dirt.



Right, am sure these are super expensive.  Hope they bomb less dirt and more ISIS members.

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Re: US drops LARGEST non-nuclear bomb in combat for FIRST time
Reply #17 - 04/13/17 at 17:22:08
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About time we stopped pussyfooting around.  Do the damn job and don't stop till it's done.  The only thing that part of the world understands is power.  Anything less and the think you are weak.  They've been laughing their asses off at us for the last 8 years.
  
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Re: US drops LARGEST non-nuclear bomb in combat for FIRST time
Reply #18 - 04/13/17 at 17:45:41
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I just read that it cost $16 million.  If I understand the article correctly.  And it cost over $300 million to develop.

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Re: US drops LARGEST non-nuclear bomb in combat for FIRST time
Reply #19 - 04/13/17 at 20:23:20
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IIIPercent wrote on 04/13/17 at 15:41:19:
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I'm delighted Trump dropped the MOAB. I wish he'd drop a dozen more of them.

My point was directed at the news media that seems to be making more of this bomb than it is. Hell, the recent Syrian air base bombing with our 49 Tomahawk missiles collectively had more than twice the explosive yield than the MOAB did.

Again, the media was touting this bomb (IMO) as if it was almost equivalent to a small nuke. I was just trying to put his bomb into comparative prospective vis a vis even the smallest nuke.
  
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