An Indian Air Force Mirage-2000 carrying a SPICE-1000 munition

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb or MOAB is the heaviest and most lethal weapon that the US Army is said to have used on the Islamic State camp in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

MOAB, also known as the Mother of All Bombs, is the heaviest non-nuclear bomb in the US' armoury. It weighs over 10,000 kilograms including around 8,500 kg of ammunition.


1 The US dropped MOAB on IS camp in Afghanistan.

2 SPICE is the biggest bomb in IAF armory.

3 SPICE stands for Smart Precise Impact and Cost Effective.

Russia is also said to possess a similar bomb. They call it the Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power (ATBIP). This bomb is considered four times more powerful than the MOAB. And, they 'lovingly' call it the Father of All Bombs (FOAB).

India does not have either an MOAB or FOAB that can be used against terror groups that pose security threat to the country.

India has the Smart Precise Impact and Cost Effective - simply called SPICE - bomb. SPICE is the biggest conventional bomb that Indian Air Force has under its command for use.

The SPICE is manufactured by Israeli firm CAdvanced Defense Systems Ltd. It is a precision guided bomb that can be carried on Mirage-2000 fighter planes of the Indian Air Force.

The surgical strike that India carried in September last year is an indication that it too can hit at the terror camps the way the United States does.

So, if and when India decides to carry out an attack on terror camps, the Air Force can carry SPICE. It weighs around 2,000-lb or roughly 1,000-kg.

Apart from Mirage 2000, one variant of Sukhoi-30 MKI can also carry SPICE and deliver at the enemy's camp.

Besides SPICE, Indian Air Force also has 1,000-lb HSLD or High Speed, Low Drag bombs.

The HSLD can be fitted in several fighter planes including Jaguar and Sukhoi-30MKI versions.