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​at the Air Force Research Laboratory. It’s been in service—although never used—since 2003. Despite the real name behind the acronym, pundits call it the “Mother of All Bombs” because of its exceptional size.

The bomb itself weighs 22,600 pounds and measures 30 feet, 1.75 inches long. Its 40.5-inch diameter makes it one of the largest bombs ever created, and it creates a blast equal to 11 tons of TNT.

It’s only been used once in combat—on April 13, 2017—when the U.S. dropped it on a cave in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan.

Afghan officials said the bomb killed 36 fighters from the Islamic State, although the Pentagon estimated that between 600 and 800 ISIS fighters were occupying the region.

How Much Does MOAB Cost?

While memes on the Internet abound claiming that each MOAB costs more than $300 million, they’re just not true. The development process, which took place over several years, cost $314 million—but the actual unit cost is $16 million. (While that’s 16 times the cost of each of the 59 Tomahawk missiles Trump lobbed at Syria, it’s nothing near the figure that Trump’s critics claim.)

What Critics Are Saying

Critics are saying that Trump dropped a bomb on a largely empty cave in order to send a message to North Korea’s Kim-Jong Un. Some are also claiming that he’s wasting taxpayer dollars in all the wrong places, particularly since his budget director claimed there just isn’t enough money to prop up a handful of public programs that many Americans find necessary.

What Do You Think?

Do you believe it was a waste to drop a $16 million bomb on an Afghan cave, or did Trump do the right thing? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please join the conversation on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

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The U.S. military under President Donald Trump dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever used in early April.

The bomb, which is a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (hence the acronym MOAB) was developed in 2002
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