The Chinese military has released footage showing the successful testing of the country’s version to the U.S. GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB).
According to the state-owned news agency Global Times, earlier this week, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the Chinese defense giant North Industries Group Corporation Limited (NORINCO) successfully tested a powerful bomb. Chinese officials claim that its destructive capabilities are second only to a nuclear munition.
The footage, which was recorded sometime in late December, shows an H-6K bomber releasing a huge bomb that is about five to six meters long. The promotional video was released by NORINCO. A company spokesperson stated it is not a thermobaric weapon, meaning, it doesn’t use oxygen from the surrounding air to produce a high-temperature blast. Conventional bombs use a mixture of gunpowder and fuel to explode, but thermobaric munitions use only fuel.
China's arms industry giant NORINCO for the first time showcased a new type of massive aerial bomb, which it dubbed 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. https://t.co/Xwa470K0R5 pic.twitter.com/bWDvmfvcyk