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    "Where Eagles Dare" Amazing!

    Where Eagles Dare



    "French military using winged warriors to hunt down rogue drones.
    This is amazing.


    A golden eagle grabs a flying drone during a military training exercise at Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base, Southwestern France.

    Following incidents of drones flying over the presidential palace and restricted military sites – along with the deadly 2015 Paris terror attacks – the French
    Air Force has trained four golden eagles to intercept and destroy the rogue aircraft.

    Aptly named d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis – an homage to Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers” – the four birds of prey have been honing their attack skills at the Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France since mid-2016.

    “A drone means food for these birds,” Gerald Machoukow, the military base'sfalconer, told FRANCE 24. “Now they automatically go after them.”

    The use of hunting birds – normally falcons and northern goshawks – by militaries around the globe is common practice in the fight to scare other critters 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 other militaries started to see the benefit of these winged warriors.

    The French bred the four golden eagles – three males and one female -- using artificial insemination since eagles are a protected species and harvesting wild
    eggs is strictly forbidden. They chose the golden eagle because of the birds hooked beak and sharp eyesight.

    Also weighing in around 11 pounds, the birds are in a similar weight class as the drones they’re sent to destroy and 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.

    A golden eagle carries a flying drone (2017). "I love these birds," Machoukow told Agence France-Presse. "I don't want to send them to their death." The birds are first taught to attack in a straight line before graduating to diving from heights. Soon they’ll be patrolling the skies over the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France and could possibly be deployed at airports and special events, such as political summits and soccer tournaments.
    The French air force already expects four more eagles to join the fleet."





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    watch this attack from the drones perspective:


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    Have a drone just like the first one that that showed the bird taking it down. Dang bird didn't hesitate at all! Looked for an opening and took it. When a bird or person turns the drone upside down....the drone will power off immediately.

    Amazing how they can teach these birds to attack and take out the drone. Just keep the food handy as a reward.

    Need a couple of those to keep the coons and varmits out of our 3 acre corn patch.
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