What Will Happen if The 'Mother of All Bombs' Drops in New Delhi?
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province which killed at least 36 ISIS fighters.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province which killed at least 36 ISIS fighters. (Image: Reuters)
The US dropped one of its largest bomb—GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast—which is non-nuclear on Eastern Afghanistan to flush out Islamic State targets. The GBU-43/B is also called the mother of all bombs to be engaged in combat in recent times.
According to news reports, one unit of this MOAB costs $16 million and weighs around 21,600 pounds. It was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, in close proximity to the Pakistan border by the Air Force Special Operations Command. The operation has been termed “very successful” which killed “at least” 36 ISIS fighters, added reports.
Numbers like-- a 21,600 pound bomb which is required to be delivered by the likes of Lockheed C-130 Hercules military aircraft (one of the largest) and costs a staggering $16 million— might make the common man curious as to what could be the impact radius if this MOAB was dropped near their place of residence.
Alex Wellerstein, a Harvard-educated historian, who specializes on the history of nuclear weapons and government secrecy has a nuclear effects simulator on his website. This tool can provide a rough idea.
GBU-43/B MOAB Target: Connaught Place, New Delhi
Considering the yield of the GBU-43/B MOAB to be 0.01 kilotons, the fireball radius is around 12 metres while the air blast radius is around 46 metres. The maximum thermal radiation radius leading to third-degrees burns is 110 metres.
Going by these numbers, if the GBU-43/B MOAB drops at Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi, you could be alive if you are watching a movie at PVR Plaza which is 300 metres (or 4 minutes’ walk) away from the target.
However, the impact will wreak havoc. The NukeMap estimates at least 2,050 fatalities and 5,700 injuries if the MOAB detonates at Central Park, Connaught Place in New Delhi.
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