France Is Destroying Drones By Using Real, Live Eagles

The eagles were literally hatched on top of drones

Today in The World Is Turning Into An Apocalyptic Video Game news, France is using trained eagles to take down drones.

At Mont-de-Marsan, an air base in southwestern France, army personnel have been training four eagles to track, catch, and destroy unmanned aircraft in mid-flight. The eagles, which were named after characters in The Three Musketeers (d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis), were hatched on top of drones and chased drones in reward for meat throughout their lives.

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The Washington Post reports that this month, the eagles were finally ready, and the base launched screening from a tower across a field. "The results are encouraging. The eagles are making good progress," Commander Christophe, who heads the air safety squadron that is training the plumed predators, told Agence France-Presse.

The French military believes eagles are more effective and more affordable method than the current most common method of defeating drones—using a device that interferes with drone signals. Reportedly, France hopes to use eagles in anti-drone simulations by the summer.

From: Esquire