Watch the video! This is something really cool and interesting. The French Army is training golden eagles to protect its airspace. Reported by RFI, a French current affairs radio station, “At Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France a quartet of fearsome golden eagles is being trained to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight.”
There are “four feathered fighters,” Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan – all characters from Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers.” The French Army has been training the eagles since mid 2016 and the results are promising.
“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. The French army followed suit last year, but it opted for the golden eagle — a natural-born killer with a hooked beak, amber eyes and a wingspan of up to 2.2 metres (seven feet).”
“Like all birds of prey, the golden eagle has excellent eyesight, capable of spotting its target from two kilometres away.”
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