WASHINGTON, 13 APR — RIA Novosti. The United States first used the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in combat, targeted the militant group “Islamic state” in Afghanistan, told RIA Novosti in the press service of the Pentagon.
“The blow was struck in the area of Hachn in Nangarhar province on Thursday. Targeted the militants, their system of tunnels, which they used to move. Used (bomb. — Approx. ed.), GBU-43”, — said the representative of the press service.
He confirmed that the bomb was the most powerful non-nuclear warhead used in the USA.
According to him, the charge is pushed out of the plane MC-130.
In the press release of the Pentagon quoted the commander of us forces in Afghanistan John Nicholson, who noted that the powerful bomb it is necessary to destroy tunnels and bunkers of terrorists.
According to open sources, the weight of such high-explosive bombs is 9.5 tons. It uses an explosive mixture of RDX, TNT and aluminum powder. The bomb is equipped with a system of satellite guidance. The first test of a GBU-43 passed in 2003. All allegedly in service of the United States is 15 such ammunition.
Earlier it was reported that the administration of the President of the United States Donald trump is developing a new strategy for Afghanistan and plans to use the country’s military forces.
The US carried out a military operation in Afghanistan since 2001, helping local authorities in the fight against factions of the Taliban and the “Islamic state.”* Also in 2015 in Afghanistan is NATO’s new mission Resolute support.
* A terrorist organization banned in Russia