Its own version of MOAB, known as the "father of all bombs" is four times as powerful, with a blast yield of nearly 44 tons of TNT.
Developed in 2007, the Russian FOAB is a thermobaric weapon – which differs from a conventional bomb by combining with atmospheric oxygen to greatly extend the blast radius.
On state-run television, the deputy chief of the Russian armed forces Alexander Rukshin said the bomb “had no match in the world” and was “comparable with nuclear weapons in its efficiency and potential”.
While the attack on Thursday was the first of its kind by the US, Dr Adam Lowther, a professor at the US Air Force Research Institute told Business Insider that the bomb was “not even close to being a nuclear weapon”.
He added he would “not make the argument that it's a symbol of escalation” in the conflict in Afghanistan.
Giving the military might of other major players in the region, we’d better hope not.