Where Eagles Dare

French military use winged warriors to hunt down rogue drones

DJI phantom drones no match for drone seeking eagle



A golden eagle grabs a flying drone during a military training exercise at Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base, southwestern France.
Eagle attacks a dji Phantom quad drone
Following incidents of drones flying over the Presidential Palace and restricted military sites - along with the 2015 Paris terror attacks - the French air force has trained four golden eagles to intercept and destroy rogue UAV drone aircraft. Aptly named Aramis, Athos, d’Artagnan and Porthos (an homage to Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”) the four birds of prey have been honing their attack skills in France since mid-2016.

“A drone means food for these birds,” stated Gerald Machoukow, the military base’s falconer. “Now they automatically go after them.”
Eagle attacks a dji Phantom quad drone
The use of hunting birds (normally falcons and northern goshawks) by military forces around the globe is common practice in the fight to scare other birds away from runways and so cut the risk of accidents during takeoff or landing. But it wasn’t until 2015 when the Dutch started using bald eagles to intercept drones that others started to see the benefit of these winged warriors. The French bred the four golden eagles using artificial insemination since eagles are a protected species and harvesting wild eggs is strictly forbidden. They chose the golden eagle because of the bird’s hooked beak and sharp eyesight.

Weighing in at around 11 pounds, the birds are in a similar weight class as the drones they’re sent to destroy. Clocking in at a top air speed of 50 miles per hour, with the capability of spotting its target from over a mile away, the eagles are deft hunters. To protect the eagles from drone blades and any explosive device that might be attached to them, the French military designed mittens of leather and Kevlar, an anti-blast material, to protect the bird’s talons.
Eagle attacks a dji Phantom quad drone
A golden eagle carries a flying DJI Phantom drone away during a military training exercise.

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