China Develops its own ‘Mother of All Bombs’: Report
05, Jan 2019
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- China has developed a massive bomb, said to be the country’s answer to the US-built ‘Mother of All Bombs’, the most powerful non-nuclear weapon, official media reported on Friday.
- The report said that the bomb has been dubbed as the Chinese version of the “Mother of All Bombs” due to its huge destruction potential that is claimed to be only second to nuclear weapons. The bomb was airdropped by an H-6K bomber and caused a gigantic explosion. It is said that the massive blast can easily and completely wipe out fortified ground targets such as reinforced buildings, bastions and defence shelters.
- It can also be used to clear a landing zone for troops on helicopters to rappel down, in case the area is covered by obstacles such as forests.