I read in the past for the existence of the so called "Mother Of All Bombs" and for some reason I still thought it was a fuel-air or thermobaric bomb. However after the first operational use (here) I went back to re-read its technical aspects.
It is claimed to have 8,5 tons of tritonal which is a 80-20 TNT-Aluminium powder mixture, 18% more powerful than TNT alone with a blast yield equal to 11 tons of TNT.
Is it true that they used 8,5 tons of a more sophisticated explosive, to achieve a destructive effect of 11 tons of TNT? It is also claimed that has a very large cost of about $16M dollars. Is this also true?