by James Holbrooks, Activist Post:
France — Ideas on how to combat drones are getting more interesting by the day. On Monday, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that since 2016, the French Air Force has been training eagles to rip drones straight out of the sky. From that report:
Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.
At Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France a quartet of fearsome golden eagles is being trained to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight.
The strategy of using raptors to fight drones — which VICE News on Wednesday called “the most badass plan ever” — was first introduced by police in the Netherlands in 2015. The French military liked the idea, and by 2016 had launched a two-year pilot program of its own.
The birds are all named for the protagonists in Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers — Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan. And recently, D’Artagnan proved just how successful the program really is.
At a demonstration in Mont-de-Marsan, a drone was sent into the air, and the predator — which was released from a control tower 200 yards away — intercepted the machine and had it pinned to the ground in 20 seconds.
A natural concern is that metal rotor blades on drones could do serious damage to a flesh and blood creature attacking it. But as AFP notes, it’s a concern the French have already considered:
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