Zebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 415 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
Is the C-130 the only type of a/c that can carry and deliver this bomb? I've heard that it's size of pick up truck. Is it possible for the C-17's to deliver these "GOODIES" or are they strictly for troop and equipment tranport? Thanks in advance for your replies.
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PPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
Any cargo aircraft that is capable of making cargo airdrops, and carry the bomb can drop it.
That means if necessary C-130, C-17, C-141, or C-5.
But I think the C-130 will be the preferred aircraft since they already are trained to drop the Daisy Cutter, and there are more C-130 crews that are trained to operate in combat zones (either as cargo or spec ops).
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
Grandslam and Tallboy were completely different beasts.
Those were high explosive earth penetrators.
Both this new device and Daisy Cutter are designed for airburst and lack fragmentation effect due to the different skin material.
As to size (this from CNN):
MOAB: 21000lbs, 18000 of which is tritonal explosive
BLU-82 (Daisy Cutter): 15000lbs, 12600 of which is an ammonium nitrate component (fertiliser).
MOAB both has more explosives than the entire weight of the BLU-82, and that explosive is more powerful too.
From the photos, it looks like the MOAB has some gliding capability enabling standoff release which would help deployment against defended targets (BLU-82 has to be dropped more or less directly overhead).
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2471 times:
OK, got this from the Imperial War Museum (Duxford branch) website, part of the blurb about the Avro Lancaster:
"Normally capable of lifting a 14,000 lb (6.360 kg) bomb load, special versions equipping 617 Squadron carried a single 22,000 lb (10,000 kg) Grand Slam bomb for special targets. One of the most famous Lancaster operations was the 'Dam Busters' raid in May 1943, which destroyed the Mohne and Eder dams. Production of Lancasters ceased in 1946 when 7,366 had been built."
Keep in mind that that's total weight, a lot of which would have been the steel bombcasing. Explosives were most likely under 10000lbs.
Weapons construction is completely different because of the different mission.