Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This Day in History: Sep 11, 2007: Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of All Bombs.


Graphic: thermobaric bombs

Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power (ATBIP) (Russian: Авиационная вакуумная бомба повышенной мощности (АВБПМ)), nicknamed "Father of All Bombs" (FOAB) (Отец всех бомб), is a Russian-made air-delivered/land-activated thermobaric weapon. In describing the bomb's destructive power, Russian deputy chief of the general staff Alexander Rukshin was quoted as saying, "all that is alive merely evaporates."[1] The bomb is reportedly four times more powerful than the US military's GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (whose official military acronym "MOAB" is often colloquially said as the "Mother of All Bombs"). This makes it the most powerful conventional (non-nuclear) weapon in the world.[2] The veracity of Russia's claims concerning the weapon's size and power have been questioned by US defense analysts.[3]

The bomb was successfully field-tested in the late evening of September 11, 2007.[4] According to the Russian military, the new weapon will replace several smaller types of nuclear bombs in its arsenal.[5]


  1. ^ Adrian Blomfield (2007-09-13). "Russian army 'tests the father of all bombs'". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  2. ^ a b Luke Harding (2007-09-12). "Russia unveils the 'father of all bombs'". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Did Russia Stage the Father of All Bombs Hoax?". October 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
  4. ^ a b Илья Kрамник (2007-09-12). "Кузькин отец" (in Russian). Lenta.Ru. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
  5. ^ a b c d Russia tests `world's most powerful bomb Russia Today Retrieved on March 18, 1987

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