The Aviation Thermobaric Bombof Increased Power (ATBIP), nicknamed Father of All Bombs (FOAB), is a Russian-made air-delivered/land activated thermobaric weapon and is believed to be the most powerfull non-nuclear weapon. Russia described the impact of the bomb as “all that is alive merely evaporates”. FOAB is reportedly four times as powerful as the U.S. military’s GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (the official military acronym MOAB is often rephrased as the Mother of All Bombs.
This makes it the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the world. The force of FOAB’s blast was estimated at 44 tons (four times the power of the equivalent U.S. bomb) but some analysts doubt the claim. For example, FOAB’s ski-like legs and the drag-’chute lines seen on top indicate the bomb was released by a slow-flying cargo plane, contrary to Russian claims. And nowhere in the testvideo, released by the Russian military, are the bomber and the bomb in the same shot. The Father of All Bombs’ actual usability seemed less important than making an impressive explosion for the cameras.