Iran’s reported creation of the “father of all bombs” should be seen as a message to Israel and the Persian Gulf States, Russian military expert Vladimir Korovin told Sputnik, expressing doubt that Tehran would use its 10-ton conventional aviation bomb against the US.

By announcing about the creation of a 10-ton non-nuclear aviation bomb, Iran has sent a strong signal to Israel and Tehran’s other potential adversaries in the Middle Eastern region, Vladimir Korovin, an expert at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations’ Center for Military and Political Studies, told Sputnik.

“Israel is deeply worried about the fact that Iran is edging closer to its border in Syria,” Korovin said, “Perhaps, this statement is addressed to Israel and Iran’s other counterparts [in the region].”

The military analyst expressed confidence that Iran is not going to use the bomb against the United States. However, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain are the main addressees of Tehran’s “message,” according to Korovin.

On Saturday, Iran’s state news agency FARS reported citing a top Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, Ali Hajizadeh, that Tehran had developed a massive non-nuclear munition comparable to the US’s GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) also known as the “Mother of All Bombs.”

Describing the new bomb Hajizadeh specified that it could be launched from “Ilyushin aircraft” and dubbed it “the father of all bombs” in a reference to America’s most powerful conventional ordnance.

Commenting on Hajizadeh’s statement, Korovin pointed out that given the heavy load of the bomb it is most likely the Iranian top military commander referred to the modernized Ilyushin Il-76 (NATO reporting name: Candid) — a multi-purpose four-engine turbofan strategic airlifter, produced either in the USSR or the Russian Federation.

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However, according to the expert, the possibility that the Iranian 10-ton munition will be used in real combat is doubtful, since the modified Il-76 bomber carrying the “father of all bombs” must be accompanied by jet fighters, and remain at a certain altitude flying to the target in the absence of fire resistance from the ground.

“Therefore — it’s just a demonstration of [Iran’s] capabilities,” Korovin noted drawing historic parallels between the creation of Iran’s biggest non-nuclear bomb and the country’s launch of the first domestically made satellite Omid in 2009, which was delivered to low Earth orbit (LEO) by Iran’s own Safir-2 rocket.

“They do not launch [satellites] in a systematic way,” Korovin pointed out, “Likewise, they launch their ballistic missiles as frequently as North Korea. This is the demonstration [of capabilities] which is aimed, in particular, at Israel.”

According to the expert, there is nothing special about the development of the munition by Iran: Korovin recalled that during the Second World War the USSR had a 5-ton bomb which was dropped from the aircraft as early as in 1943.

The US’s own 22,000-pound (9,8 tons) conventional ordnance, GBU-43 (Guided Bomb Unit) has been in service since 2003.

It was first dropped in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on April 13, 2017 as part of an air operation against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), targeting underground facilities and a system of tunnels used by terrorists. The airstrike killed 92 Daesh terrorists.

For its part, Russia’s Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power (ATBIP), nicknamed the “Father of All Bombs” was developed in the early 2000s and successfully field-tested in 2011, after being dropped by the Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber.

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Russian online newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta called attention to the fact that the Russian thermobaric weapon’s destructive power is four times that of the GBU-43/B, while the ATBIP’s blast radius is twice as that of the GBU-43.

Citing Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Alexander Rukshin the media outlet emphasized that the results of the ordnance’s tests indicated that it is “comparable to a nuclear weapon in terms of efficiency and capabilities.”

Source: Sputnik

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andy
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Iran, if you have a little commonsense,do calmly and finish middle east biggest evil from the map

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I see that today the Saudis have declared the Israeli’s as their ‘ brothers’ 🙂
That being the case the two errant and corrupt brothers both deserve one of these bombs as a mild chastisement 🙂

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Iran and Saudi-Barbaria are both led by BIGOTS, both are dictatorships where you end executed for stupid sharia-related reasons. They’re all the same to me and their populations HATE both the al-Saouds and the mullahs.
I wish a coup to happen in both countries, period!

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Iran, Israel and KSA are theocracies. The first two with some democratic veneer – the later with none.

But always the “chosen” bigots have the say.

p.s. The same for socialism/communism. Marx merely secularized and thus socialized the old Semite, chiliastic theme present in Abrahamic religions.

They are the chosen – like ancient nobility. Tongue out.

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Well, not a theocracy for Israel, although there may be some very limited religious laws for those officially practising Judaism, e.g. Haredis haven’t to submit to the mandatory military draft, thus… Christians or Muslims are not forced into the military too… If you do a civilian marriage, it’s not the same as doing a religious marriage as the rabbis have their say in case of divorce and if the man refuses to divorce, it may take decades… It’s no more a theocracy than e.g. the few religious laws inherited from German empire in French Elsass or Moselle where priests have… Read more »
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Russians didn’t used Tu-160 to drop their FOAB!
You CLEARLY see on the video of the test that FOAB was dropped from the ramp of a cargo airplane.
RT shown Tu-160 in the video, but you didn’t saw the FOAB dropped by Tu-160 and the inners of the bay don’t look like the aircraft that did the drop! It was an IL-76 cargo bay, period!

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There are two thumbdowner MORONS here!
Look at 0:24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2FGA3Z-oYM
you clearly watch the FOAB sliding! You can only see this if you drop it from a cargo aircraft ramp!
You see the same principle applied at 1:16 when MOAB is extracted from the C-130!
Here at 0:19 you can see payload being dropped from a Tu-160:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x77nflLUV94
Here’s a drop from Tu-22M3 (24t payload) bomb bay :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1wFQ3Vp7cI
Is it sliding backwards?
2 idiots spotted!