GBU-43/B MOAB Historical

GBU-43/B MOAB Historical (HM1XS1)

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 27.959', W 86° 33.665'

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The GBU-43/B MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb, nicknamed "Mother of All Bombs" is a large, powerful and accurately delivered high explosive weapon. the MOAB is the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history. The 21,600 lb MOAB is an improved replacement for the unguided 15,000 lb BLU-82 Daisy Cutter used in Vietnam and Afghanistan.
MOAB is a guided bomb which delivers 18,700 lb of H6 plosive using a BLU-120/B warhead. It uses the KMU-593/B GPS/INS guidance system and is stabilized by series of fixed wings and grid (lattice) fins. The unique lattice fins offer excellent aerodynamic properties.
The MOAB was developed, tested, and fielded by the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate, Air Armament Center, the 46th Operations Group, Detachment 1 in concert other agencies and contractors. Within in ten months, the MOAB program went from development contract award to delivery into the Operational Theater.
26 February 2003 — First flight of inert weapon
07 March 2003 — Guided flight test of inert weapon displays capability of the massive "smart" bomb
11 March 2003 — Live flight test of the MOAB
11 April 2003 — Delivery of first MOAB into operational Theater
Manufacturer   Air Force Research Laboratory/Dynetics,
Length   30 ft
Width   5 ft with fins retracted 10 ft with fins extended
Diameter   40.5 in
Weight   21,600 lbs
Range   Guided 3 nautical miles through a GPS system
Launch Platform   MC-130 Talon II or "Slick" C-130 Aircraft
Armament  18,700 lbs of H6 Composition (1.35 times more powerful than TNT)
This bomb is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
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HM NumberHM1XS1
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 5:06pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 542133 N 3370503
Decimal Degrees30.46598333, -86.56108333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 27.959', W 86° 33.665'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 27' 57.54" N, 86° 33' 39.9" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base FL 32542, US
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