CNN is reporting the Air Force dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal for the first time in combat in Afghanistan on Thursday. The target was ISIS fighters in underground tunnels.
Here are five things to know about the bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb.
1. It’s nickname is “Mother of all bombs.”
2. The bomb, shaped like a missile, weighs 21,600 pounds and measures about 30 feet long.
3. The massive explosive is guided to its target by Global Positioning System satellites.
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4. The Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., developed the explosive and some of the workers who built the prototype came out of retirement to build it, according to the Air Force.
5. A prototype of the bomb tested in Florida in March 2003 created a mushroom cloud that could be seen 20 miles away, according to the Air Force.