The French army is training golden eagles to take down drones
Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop, or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is training golden eagles to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight.
The birds have been groomed from a very young age. They were fed on drone carcasses and bit by bit began to see the drone as a game and a source of food. Now it’s automatic for them.
But the birds won’t be used against larger drones with potentially deadly propellers. And to prevent the birds from harming themselves on the job, the military is designing mittens of leather and Kevlar, an anti-blast material, to protect their talons.
The program was started after drones were spotted over the presidential palace restricted military sites. Military officials wanted a way to take down drones without shooting at them.
Police in the Netherlands were the first to come up with the idea of using raptors to intercept drones, inducting bald eagles into the service in late 2015.