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How MOAB Works

        Science | Explosives

The Delivery
C-130 Hercules Aircraft
C-130 Hercules Aircraft
Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Instead of being dropped from a bomber through the bomb bay doors, the MOAB is pushed out of the back of a cargo plane such as a C-130. The bomb rides on a pallet. A parachute pulls the pallet and bomb out of the plane and then the pallet separates so that the bomb can fall.

In this video, supplied by the U.S. Department of Defense, you can see the pallet and bomb come out of the back of the plane and then separate from one another within a few seconds. The bomb then accelerates rapidly to its terminal velocity.

 

When you watch this video, you can see the pallet and the bomb separate.
When you watch this video, you can see the pallet and the bomb separate.

Once the bomb is falling, a guidance system based on the Global Positioning System takes over and directs the bomb to its target.

 


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