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Posted: 12/21/2003 11:05:50 PM EDT
A friend of mine just came home for Christmas from TAC-P training.

We were talking, and the MOAB came into the discussion.  First, he tried to claim that the "official" name is the Mother Of All Bombs...not Massive Ordnance Air Blast.  I asked who told him this.  He claims it was a TAC-P instructor who came back from Iraq about 4 months ago.

The same instructor claims that he personally saw a bunch of MOABS in a weapons hangar in Iraq.  I tried to tell my buddy that they were still being testing it as of Nov. of this year.

Basically, what I need is proof that his instructor is FOS.  I have enough defense department links that say what MOAB stands for, but I'd like to find something that says what our inventory is.
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 12:21:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/22/2003 12:22:52 AM EDT by wyrm_142]
[img]http://web.pdx.edu/~schmidtk/pics/MOAB_8.jpg[/img]

My boss was deployed to the CAOC for the war - and sent us this picture.  So there is at least one full up round.

The 'official' designation is the GBU-43/B.
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 12:53:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By brouhaha:
A friend of mine just came home for Christmas from TAC-P training.

We were talking, and the MOAB came into the discussion.  First, he tried to claim that the "official" name is the Mother Of All Bombs...not Massive Ordnance Air Blast.  I asked who told him this.  He claims it was a TAC-P instructor who came back from Iraq about 4 months ago.

The same instructor claims that he personally saw a bunch of MOABS in a weapons hangar in Iraq.  I tried to tell my buddy that they were still being testing it as of Nov. of this year.

Basically, what I need is proof that his instructor is FOS.  I have enough defense department links that say what MOAB stands for, but I'd like to find something that says what our inventory is.
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I gotta ask: where did you get your information, and why would you believe your source over another person's source?
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 2:48:24 AM EDT
DAISY CUTTER [8D]
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 7:59:23 AM EDT
Thanks, wyrm.

Energizer,

My info came from the web.  About the "official" meaning of the acronym, I found it on multiple AF and DoD webpages.  About it not being deployed I took out of context when several news articles discussed it still being in the developmental stage as of November 22, 2003 (when it was tested again at Eglin AFB).
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 1:20:07 PM EDT
"Testing" is also done in the field.  Testing at a site in the US gives you some information, but effect on a target can only be done on "live" targets.

The AF would not name a bomb something offensive as in "mother of all bombs".  If it happened to us an acromym that meant something totally different and also happened to fit the "mother of all bombs". It would be no problem.

I have a friend that works for a company that was developing a "bunker buster" type bomb.  They were going straight from their shop to the war, for "testing".
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